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Last week I attended my first posada. I drank a glass of ponche  a delicious hot apple cider, carried a small candle during the procession (and tried, unsuccessfully, not to spill the hot wax on my hands,) listened to traditional prayers, and joined in the singing of Feliz Navidad.

My friends explained to me that evening that Las Posadas is a Mexican Catholic tradition that reenacts the nativity story. In the nine days leading up to Christmas, friends, families and neighbors gather together to hold a procession, sing, and eat together. What I know for sure is that I participated in a family tradition that has been carried on for years, and I was so happy to be included.

My roommate and I returned home from the posada that night, full of tamales and cheer. It was the night before Christmas Eve and we decided to exchange the holiday gifts that we had left for each other under our Christmas tree. But first I insisted that we light Hannukah candles using the menorah that my mother had sent to me from the East Coast.

As I lit the candles in honor of the third night of Hannukah, I thought about how much I enjoy learning about other peoples traditions, and how I enjoy honoring my familys own customs as well. Im sure every family has some special holiday traditions  and if you are still in the holiday spirit, I would love to hear about some of them!

Written by Rebecca Plevin

December 28th, 2008 at 10:06 am

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  1. Alright, so this is a few – many months late…lol. BUT- July is right around the corner and I’ve been so wanting to do a “Christmas in July” theme this year with my family. One of my girlfriends does this with her daughters and I’m so excited to try it!

    Some people stock up on holiday gifts around this time…but for us, Christmas in July means that we will bake cookies, make homemade gifts, etc and give them to the people in our community – police and fire departments, librarians, nursing homes…you get the idea.

    I think this is a great way to spread the holiday cheer…a little earlier :)



    28 Jun 09 at 2:21 pm

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