Las Posadas is a Latin American Christmas tradition that has been adopted in the U.S. by many churches. As Unitarian Universalists, we stand on the side of love, justice, and human rights. By re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s perilous journey, we recommit ourselves to defending the rights of immigrants to flee from danger and to seek refuge. During Las Posadas, the people dressed as shepherds and angels (and reindeer too!) processed through the neighborhood singing Christmas carols, carrying candles, and wearing jingle bells around their wrists and ankles. They stop to knock on doors asking for shelter and they are told “There is no room at the inn.” Finally, they knock on the church door, and they are welcomed with joyous songs, “Welcome pilgrims! Come in! Our home is humble, but our hearts welcome you with love!” Once inside, everyone enjoys a communal meal, dancing, decorating the tree, playing games, and enjoying being together. Perhaps next year we can give this tradition a try at East Shore? Wishing you and your families Feliz Navidad and a Blessed Holiday Season.
by Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa