We’re having a party on January 6th celebrating the arrival of 3 kings to the Christ child.
One tradition often observed on this day is the chalking of the door. The front door of the house is marked with chalk either on the door or over the door with the year and three initials in this format: 20+C+M+B+18.
The letters above the door stand for the initials of the Magi – Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar, and also stands for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, Latin for “May Christ bless this house.”
I made tags with the Publisher program — 10 to a sheet — printed back and front. The tags tell the meaning of the initials on the door and have a blessing on the reverse to recite while marking the door.
I purchased some simple white chalk — 16 pieces for 99 cents — and tied on the tags with black and white string.
I hope to have a few left over to give to some special friends who are unable to attend the party.
Do you have any special rituals that you follow at your home?