Southeast Texas Christmas Tradition: Las Posadas

Southeast Texas Christmas Tradition

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is part of the Christmas celebration in the Spanish speaking countries Mexico, Guatemala and parts of Southwestern United States.

As the population of Southeast Texas continues to evolve, it is likely you’ll hear about Las Posadas more and more. TheLa Suprema Christmas Tamales Nederland TX following is a brief introduction to Las Posadas. The traditions are fun and education and could be enjoyable to implement with your neighbors or friends from your Southeast Texas church.

Las Posadas is a nine day reenactment of the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Family, friends, church members, and neighbors dress up in period costumes symbolizing Mary, Joseph, the Devil, and inn keepers.

The nine days of Los Posadas represent the nine months Mary carried the baby Jesus and posada means ‘lodging” in Spanish.

Each evening from December 16th through Christmas Eve the group gathers at a home of a different “inn keeper” as Mary and Joseph search for posada (lodging).

True to the Biblical account, Mary and Joseph are denied hospitality until the end of the singing when all the guests are then invited to  share hot chocolate and cookies.

This is repeated seven more consecutive nights, then on Christmas Eve when Joseph begins singing to ask for posada he is received and the crowd rejoices.

The nativity is honored and prayers are said at a Holy Midnight Mass.

Afterwards, a traditional Christmas dinner of tamales is shared, and children enjoy busting star shaped piñatas as another year comes to a close. Editor’s Note: Las Posadas can be a great way to add something new and different to your family’s Southeast Texas Christmas tradition. Gather a few friends, brew up a big pot of home made hot chocolate, and re-enact the most important story of all. Does your family or your Southeast Texas church incorporate Las Posadas into your Christmas tradition? We’d love to hear about it. E-mail to

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