As Candlemas approaches, we put away every evidence of the Christmas season and prepare for Spring. The day before Candlemas, we strip our seasonal table and begin again. A pale colored cloth or plain wood underneath is a nice way to start. One lone candle and perhaps a few bare sticks, seedpods or a tray of dirt remind us that soon new life will begin again and the world will become vibrant and abundant once more. Thus the cycle of life continues.
Down with the rosemary, and so
Down with the bays and misletoe ;
Down with the holly, ivy, all,
Wherewith ye dress'd the Christmas Hall :
That so the superstitious find
No one least branch there left behind :
For look, how many leaves there be
Neglected, there (maids, trust to me)
So many goblins you shall see.
~Ceremony Upon Candlemas Eve by Robert Herrick (mid 17th century)