Las Posadas is a tradition observed in Mexico and many other Spanish-speaking nations in which neighbors act out the trials of Joseph and Mary looking for a room at the inn. They walk from house to house singing a song about seeking shelter, and at house after house they are turned away. Finally, at the last house, they are welcomed in and everyone celebrates together. While the tradition has religious roots, everyone in our Language Leaders group enjoyed it as a secular story about kindness and caring for people in need.
Here are our Joseph and Mary asking for shelter:
And here are our innkeepers waiting to turn them away:
Until, at the end, they are invited in!
Our intrepid Language Leaders sang a difficult song in Spanish with gusto through every stage of the journey—and were rewarded with yummy churros, a traditional treat similar to a donut.
Here's what the song sounds like:
And in case you missed it, a really great, fun explanation of Las Posadas: