December 5, 2021 | Jessica Smith
Las Posadas, a Mexican celebration, has been a tradition of Mustard Seed School since the beginning. It began as a way to honor the strong Latinx presence in Hoboken when the school first opened and to help students and families embody the Christmas story by walking alongside Mary and Joseph as they look for a place to stay. Las Posadas is a celebration full of deep meaning and great fun. Together, we walk in solidarity with those who are searching for shelter as we remember the humble way that Jesus came into the world. We celebrate Christ’s coming as a light for all people.
Want to know more about the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas? Wondering what Mustard Seed’s celebration will look like this year? Watch the video below for more details
Las Posadas FAQs for 2021
On Friday, December 17th, all students in grades K-8 and their families are invited to participate in Las Posadas. This year, participation is optional due to the pandemic. We will have our annual procession. In place of our usual Christmas concert, we will have a carol sing and Mariachi music at the gazebo at Church Square Park. Masks are required for all.
6:10pm – Grades 7 & 8 gather in the gym
6:15pm – PROS, Teachers, 7th & 8th grade arrive at the gazebo in Church Square Park
6:20pm – Students in grades K-6 arrive at the park and gather with their class
6:30pm – Procession begins
6:50pm – Procession ends at Mustard Seed, students dismissed to their parents
7:00pm – Carol sing and Mariachi music at the gazebo at Church Square Park
What do we wear?
It is traditional for people to come to Las Posadas dressed as a shepherd, angel, sheep, or Bethlehem villager. Students and parents are encouraged to wear a simple costume to help enter the Christmas story and celebratory fun!
Where should parents be in the procession?
During the procession, students will walk with their classmates. Parents and any younger siblings are welcome to join them. We encourage parents to help the teachers keep all the children together as a class. We are a big group, so try to pack in close when we stop so that our procession is not strung far off down the street. Some classes will stop ahead of the main star and will need to turn around to see Mary and Joseph.