Las Posadas is a tradition celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries where for nine days, from December 16-24, believers reenact the journey of the Holy Family as they searched for lodging in Bethlehem. This tradition has been adopted by Saint Frances Cabrini (SFC) fourth grade Spanish classes every Christmas season. Posadas means “inn” or “lodging” and this Advent tradition was brought to Mexico by Spanish Augustinian friars in the 16th century.
Every year in December, SFC students dress up like Mary, Joseph, the angels and shepherds, and process through the school. With candles in hand, the fourth graders knock on classroom doors while singing villancicos or Spanish Christmas Carols, asking permission to enter. They are rebuked and turned away at each classroom until they reach the seventh grade classrooms where they are invited in to share hot chocolate and pan dulce. The seventh graders appropriately hosts the fourth graders, as they are their “buddy class.” By participating in Las Posadas, SFC fourth graders are sharing their Christian faith while learning about and celebrating Hispanic culture.