In Mexico, Christmas is an important holiday season with strong traditions. One of the most colorful traditions is the posada party, celebrated every evening from December 16 to 24. These celebrations commemorate Mary and Joseph’s cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. “Posada” in Spanish, simply means lodging or shelter.
Today, the posada has evolved into a religious and social celebration, paying a festive homage to Mary and Joseph’s journey. Each Christmas season, a processional carrying a doll representing the Christ Child and images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro walks through the community streets. The processional stops at a previously selected home and asks for lodging for the night. The people are invited in to read scriptures and sing Christmas carols called “villancicos.” Refreshments are provided by each host. The happy end to each posada has always been the piñata.
St. James’ takes the spirit of the traditional nine-day Posada Celebration and brings it to our campus, refashioned for our community on one special night. Sunday, December 4, we will feature seasonal food and drink, sing-alongs, holiday carols, piñatas and much more. This year, we will have two piñatas, with one designated especially for our youngest celebrants.
Our posada journey will proceed around various points on our campus, ending in a grand celebration in the Parish Hall. All ages, from kids to grandparents, will enjoy this spiritual entrance to the Christmas season.
Sign up in the Parish Hall or by using this form by Sunday November 26th.