Posada is a Spanish word which means “inn” and is intended to represent the journey made by Mary and Joseph as they tried to find somewhere to stay at the time of the birth of Jesus. Traditionally, the Posada Festival is celebrated in South America – a young couple visit houses in the local area, telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus. They ask if their hosts will give Jesus a home for the night and then they stay with the family overnight. At the end of this festival, the villagers re-enact a community play based on the Nativity.
As many of you know, we have our very own Posada Set, and each year families and staff kindly agree to take part in the Nativity Journey. The Posada Set is a modern equivalent to the South American festival (a small wooden nativity set made in Guatemala which would “travel” from family to family). This is a really wonderful thing to be part of. It provides us with the opportunity to welcome the true message of Christmas into our homes and to share this with our neighbours, family and friends.