We moved the candles to our dining room table and placed them upon a runner made of sturdy paper (to protect the table cloth ~ rolled beeswax candles do tend to drip). We lit them while singing Winter Goodbye, and then moved into singing some of our favorite circle and bedtime songs from days past. I had intended for us to stay with the candles until they went out, but it was getting late and J-Baby was rubbing his eyes, so we blew them out one by one and I led the boys to their beds in darkness.
I've lit them again, these candles that were our winter companions. In their place on the mantel is a pink pitcher full of sunflowers and irises. Hello Spring!