This is the first year we have done anything more than take down our Christmas decorations. This year we made an Epiphany cake, and hid 3 coins inside-one gold, one silver, and one bronze-trying to represent the 3 gifts rather than Olympic medals. We also did the house blessing-we got our chalk blessed by our parish priest.
The chalk inscription consists of the year-20 (11 at the end). M+C+B+ can either stand for Melchior,Caspar and Balthazar or Christus mansionem benedicat -May Christ bless this house.
The blessing that we used we got from the book-" Advent,Christmas and Epiphany in the domestic church", by Catherine and Peter Fournier.
"O Lord, grant that the names of Thy saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar may, through their merits and petitions, bless our home and bring physical health and spiritual protection for all who enter here.Amen"