This year at church we’ve decided to have a go at a Posada. This is a Mexican idea where Mary, Joseph and the donkey they are on travel to different homes in the Parish before arriving at Church for Christmas.
Originally the idea was that children were to travel around people’s houses, but obviously this isn’t done now-a-days. Instead little models of the three characters are used. Each person looks after the models for an evening and day and then are taken to the next person. The characters are transferred using prayer and a promise to allow Jesus into all our homes at Christmas.
A photo is taken of each family so an album of Mary, Joseph and the donkey is created.
We decided to just do the Posada for a fortnight, but it was very popular so I’d imagine it being done for the whole of advent next year.