Our Epiphany dinners have been quieter since then, but we do still try to make them special. The girls know they get to decorate a cake for Epiphany and all day long they asked me, "Is it time to make the cake?" Since the stores have already replaced Christmas candy with Valentines Candy, our Epiphany cakes always seem to be decorated in hearts. The girls, as usual, had a fun time decorating the cake.
Our dinner was a family favorite--American Chop Suey. For those outside the Northeast, this is simply pasta, tomato sauce and ground beef (actually, we use ground turkey). It is the one meal that I know everyone in our family (including Baby Anne) will devour.
Following dinner, we did the Epiphany blessing using the same chalk the priest had blessed at that Epiphany dinner three years ago. We began with my husband reading a Three Wisemen book that Meg had found and wanted to include in the Blessing. Then Clare said the Our Father. Meg said the Hail Mary. I read the Magnificat. Then my husband wrote "20 + C + M + B + 15" over our front door (the year with the initials of the wise men (Caspar, Mechior and Balthasar)...CMB can also stand for Christus mansionem benedicat, which means Christ bless this house). He ended with an appropriate reading and then we returned to the table for cake.