Now that we’ve all removed our holly, ivy and mistletoe let’s look at the necessary ritual for Candlemas itself, as described, again, by Robert Herrick.
The custom described here is the burning of the Yule log that had been brought into the house at Christmas and the retention of part of it in the house for the rest of the year to be used the next Christmas to light the next year’s log (and ward off the attentions of The Fiend in the meantime). Incidentally, if anyone has any chocolate Yule log left in the house, please don’t attempt to burn it. That would would be futile and wasteful. If it is still edible, my advice is to eat it.
Ceremonies for Candlemas Day
Kindle the Christmas brand, and then
Till sunset let it burn;
Which quench’d then lay it up again
Till Christmas next return.
It must be kept wherewith to tend
The Christmas log next year;
And where ’tis safely kept, the fiend
Can do no mischief there.