This week the children at Nutfield Church School re-enacted their own La Posada celebration. La Posada, which in Spanish means “The Inn” is a religious festival celebrated in Mexico between 16 and 24 December.
La Posada commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of safe refuge, where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. A small basket containing two knitted figurines of Mary and Joseph began in Reception class and has been making the ‘journey’ from classroom to classroom each day.
Children learnt from La Posada that by welcoming the poor and the needy, they are welcoming Jesus into their hearts (See Matthew 25:40). La Posada is a beautiful way to focus the celebrations of Christmas on the incarnation of Christ, to learn hospitality and to become mindful of those who are seeking shelter.
This is particularly poignant this term, as we have been raising money for the ‘Winter Night Shelter’ through our Autumn term ‘Love Project’.