In the nine days before Christmas, many Mexicans and North and Central Americans celebrate Las Posadas, a time to remember Mary and Joseph’s journey to find shelter before bringing Jesus into the world.
During Las Posadas, people reenact that journey by traveling door to door, singing carols to request shelter, just as Mary and Joseph did. Once they reach a home that welcomes them inside, everyone celebrates with food and music while the children take turns hitting the piñata. Once it’s broken, everyone shares the candy and fruit that was inside.
To get in the spirit and teach your children about Las Posadas, try one (or all) of these Las Posadas activities.
1. Act out a Play
Children’s Ministry Magazine wrote a short play that you can share with the children in your family and/or neighborhood. Ask them to rehearse and perform during Las Posadas.
2. Create Poinsettia Art
Let your children get messy with this art project that allows them to make poinsettias and learn the story behind Las Posadas.
3. Light the Way with Luminaries
Make luminaries to light outside your home and welcome the carolers. While traditional luminaries are paper bags with sand and tea lights, this list of DIY luminaries has creative alternatives that your family can make together to impress visitors.
How does your family celebrate Las Posadas? Tell me in the comments below.