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What is "Las Posadas"??

From Franciscan Media:

A holy history lesson: The roots of Las Posadas stretch deeply into Latin culture. It originated in Spain, but it’s been a yearly celebration throughout Mexico for over 400 years. The tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. (Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings” or “accommodations.”)

Beginning on December 16 and ending nine days later, on December 24, Las Posadas commemorates the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. Each night, one family agrees to house the pilgrims. And so it begins: At dusk, a procession of the faithful takes to the streets with children often dressed as angels and shepherds. Religious figures, images and lighted candles are a part of the festivities.

The group representing the Holy Family stands outside a series of houses, singing songs, asking for lodging. They are refused time and again until the group reaches the designated house. Finally, the travelers are permitted to enter. Prayer and song continue in the home, and festive foods are shared. The evening ends with a piñatain the shape of star.

The tradition continues each evening with a different house as the chosen Posadas. The last night—Christmas Eve—usually features a midnight Mass. The nine days of Las Posadas is more than just a feel-good tradition: It deepens faith and strengthens ties within the community at a holy time.

Glean what you need, share what you can! By adding below your Las Posadas scripts, teaching ideas and resources different from those already posted.

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Las Posada Drama Lesson Idea

One year we adapted the following play with our kids and moved from room to room in the building. Adapt to fit your needs and locations--Carol

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Las Posada ~ Interactive No-Rehearsal Christmas Program

The Christmas Parade:

Says: works best with smaller congregations.
Overview: Three Inns (rooms), at first stop they make a lantern, at the second stop a poinsettia, at the last stop they meet baby Jesus and present their gift (poinsettia).

Moderator Notes: Thinking you could adjust number of rooms and activities to suit your needs and size of congregation.

Note: Dana's original post referred to Cornerstone's curriculum which is no longer available, so we have replaced it with this idea.

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I vaguely remember doing something like this in a Christmas pageant as a child. We knocked on each pew and asked people if there was any room for us. I don't think many of us actually spoke up, though. 

Big Grin
Of course, all of this is based upon the inaccurate reading of the gospel of Luke 

which we've all grown up with.


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Las Posada "Traveling Dolls"

We're going to try doing this version of a Posada using dolls this year:

People sign up to host them (Mary & Joseph dolls) for a day and a night before passing them on to the next hosts. Each host took some photos.

Photos were created into a slideshow program presented at the Christmas Eve Service.

Pictured: Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem, stopping to have a meal along the way...

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Las Posada Workshops, Lessons Ideas
(ends with a Fiesta idea)

Our advent rotation was based on the Mexican celebration of Las Posadas, Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus' birth. In the Las Posadas processions, children play the role of Mary, Joseph, angels and shepherds, stopping at several homes (inns)to ask for lodging. They are repeatedly refused, but at the last house they are invited to enter. After prayer, all join in a fiesta to celebrate the imminent birth of the Messiah. While this twist on the story is not consistent with the Bible, it does allow the children to imagine how the Holy Family should have been treated as they prepared for the joyous occasion of Jesus' birth.

There are several Las Posadas celebrations in our town prior to Christmas, and our church hosts one of these events, so it was a nice way to collaborate with other church and community groups.

We offered three workshops, followed by a Fiesta Party:

Art Workshop (Surfside Studio): Decorate and fill a (pre-made) pinata.

Make your own pinatas possibilities added by Moderator:

Computers (Cyber Cove): The instructor told the Las Posadas story via a PowerPoint presentation so the children were able to follow along with the text and graphics on their screens while she talked. The kids use KidPix software to make "No Room at the Inn" signs.

Cooking (LIGHT House Cafe): Make home made tortillas and use a Mexican Molinillo (chocolate beater, purchased on e-Bay and shipped from Mexico) to whip up Mexican hot chocolate. Molinillo

The molinillo—meaning "mill" in Spanish—is a Mexican wooden whisk that’s used to mix and add froth to a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. Simply roll the shaft between your palms to churn, mix, and foam the chocolate. We purchased one from e-Bay that shipped from Mexico) to whip up Mexican hot chocolate.

On the 4th week, we had a fiesta with all age groups.
The kids broke open pinatas, had snacks, and did a variety of art projects and games.

Very festive. Very successful. If you make 70 homemade pinatas--lots of work.



Images (3)
  • Star Pinata
  • snip
  • Molinillo
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A Las Posadas (and Baby Jesus too!) Script
to pre-record for your Christmas Program

My first attempt at posting.  I wrote a script for something like this we did last year during the pandemic.

Overview: A very pregnant Mary and Joseph traveled to Las Posadasthree or four different locations around town (homes of church members) knocked on doors and were rejected.  Finally, they arrived at the home of a parishioner who raises chickens.  Their youngest led them out back (along with the dog, cats, and such) where Jesus was born.  We got it all on video and the media folks edited it down for the program.

Attached is the script I wrote:

As I assume is true of everyone else, if you use my script or find a way to adapt it for your own purpose, I'd love to know.  Prayers that it's helpful.


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