I used the biggest tray I own along with fresh pine branches from our tree in the back yard. I nestled in the chestnuts and then arranged the votives. Each evening we will light the appropriate number of candles working our way in towards the Christmas Eve candle. The Noodle will choose a story book, we'll read it and then blow out the candles.
Last night was our first night because I was a day late getting all the candles. We had a surprise guest for dinner (Nana) who read Olivia Helps With Christmas. The ceremony was enjoyed by all, including fairy!