Posada is a Spanish word that means 'inn', and is also the title for a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in their village to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus and request that the new born baby be given a room.
The idea has been updated so that nativity figures travel round the school from place to place, staying at a different house every night, and finally taking their place in the church ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day.
Mary and Joseph's journey through the school community reminds us that we need to make room for Jesus in our lives, homes and communities. Each class has small hand carved wooden figures of Mary and Joseph figures which will travel around the class during Advent, visiting a different home every day. The figures travel with a book of suggestions for prayers and activities, and also a journal for diary entries, photos and pictures about their activities can be slotted in.
To ensure all our families to have opportunity to experience the Posada visiting their home class teachers will begin sending out the Posada with children this week even before the official start of the Advent season.