Your menorah deserves a place of honor, but eight days of dripping wax pose a danger to anything lying beneath it. Protect these surfaces with subtly decorative sheets of glassine that you can change daily.
This petroglyph from Siberia is dated to around 5000 BCE. (It reminds me of legends of many-headed demons from the Ramayana, though Ravana had ten heads. And also of Tilak's theory of an Arctic source for the Vedas).