hello everyone...an update to this piece.
After reading everyone's comments here I decided to ask my wife her thoughts. That helped narrow the focus down some more.
so, I came up with this design.
I added in the snowflakes and not sure I like their positioning...i feel it worked best covering the darker circles. I was going to replace some circles with snowflakes but another designer here said they look best on the dark spots.
Thoughts on this so far...and BTW, this is smaller than originally planned. It is now 2.75" (rather than 4") I didn't realize candles with metal lids in that larger size would be $10-20 each...the smaller candles are $2-3 each so I can buy more candles for less buck.