The young people will reenact the Mexican custom of Las Posadas.
The young people will be able to tell the account of the birth of Jesus.
- Lyrics to a Christmas song such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
- Have the students reenact the Mexican custom of Las Posadas, which means inn. The custom portrays Joseph's attempt to find a place to stay in Bethlehem.
- The students portraying Joseph and Mary knock on a door. The students on the other side refuse them lodging. Joseph and Mary go away.
- After a period of silent prayer, have the group offer intercessions, asking God's forgiveness for the lack of hospitality. Sing a verse from a song such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
- Joseph and Mary return and knock again. Another group of students sends them away. After a period of silence, the group offers intercessions for forgiveness for the lack of concern for the needs of the poor. Sing another verse from the song.
- Joseph and Mary knock for a third time. Joseph begs for a place to stay, explaining that Mary is about to have a child. The third group of students welcomes them joyfully. Another period of silence is followed by prayers of praise and thanksgiving for God's gift of Jesus.
- Conclude with another verse of the song, followed by a party.
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Be sure to tap the experience and knowledge of young people of Mexican descent.
Do some additional research on Las Posadas out of respect for Mexican heritage.