Travelling Mary and Joseph
An Advent Activity for the Whole Congregation

For Advent 2020, households and congregations welcomed Mary and Joseph into their homes as part of a festival tradition called “Las Posadas”—normally celebrated in Latin America from December 16–24. “Posada” means “refuge” or “inn” in Spanish, and the festival commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This tradition has been adapted by churches across North America as part of Advent observations.

The version of “Los Posadas” that was created by the Rev. Charmila Ireland is a simplified celebration using figurines of Jesus and Mary that travelled between the homes of congregants. This resource provides steps for congregations and families to follow to celebrate the tradition of “Los Posadas” this year.

Image of arrow pointing downTravelling Mary and Joseph – Advent Activity

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