20 ✠ C ✠ M ✠ B ✠ 15

Today, a tradition from central Europe encourages us to chalk the initial letters of the ‘Three Kings’, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, in the new year, 20-15, on the door lintel of our house, viz: 20 ✠ C ✠ M ✠ B ✠ 15. (CBM may also spell ‘Christus mansionem benedicat’- ‘May Christ bless the house’.)

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