If you live in the South, maybe you're down deep enough to have Magnolia. I'm not so lucky but my mother has a tree in her yard. Magnolia is a great alternative to holly, cedar and other greenery at Christmas. You can make some great wreaths, use it to fill large pots outside, or place on the mantel. If you are really bold, spray paint it gold!
This mantel is divine.
I love the simplicity of this wreath. Less is definitely more.
As a garland, it is an unexpected look but very chic.