Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib.
Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
This year we are introducing the Travelling Nativity to the families of Langar! Families will be invited to host Mary, Joseph and the donkey for an evening and night each and then pass them on to another family.
In each bag you will find, a nativity set, a simple version of the nativity story and a notebook. Please record any reflections you have in the book – including photographs if you wish to share them. Return the set the next morning in readiness for them to continue their journey.
We do hope you enjoy this special activity with your children, and engaging in activities in readiness for Christmas.