My mother used to tell us about the Latin tradition of the journey of the three wisemen. Of how people would set up space in their homes with Joseph and Mary on one side of a room and the wisemen on the other. Then, each day of the month the wisemen would move closer and closer to Mary and Joseph, replicating—on a small scale—their real journey to meet the Christ child.
While we never actually did this in my home as a child, for a little over a decade, I have been doing this in my own home with my children—but with my own special touch. Over the years I have photographed and posted—with dialogue—a daily account of what the wisemen have encountered in my front room as they endeavor to reach Mary and Joseph on the 24th of December.
Over the years, each Wiseman has developed their own personality. Melchior (blue cape) is in charge, very stiff and serious, exceptionally wise, and follows the rules. Melchior (magenta cape) is a regular/casual kind of guy, the glue that binds the group, understanding and accepting of the other two’s personalities—and is the only one to ever break the fourth wall. Gaspar (gold cape) is playful, innocent, silly and the most child-like. His antics will often cause the group a little misery—never intentionally.
Enjoy, and Happy Christmas everyone!