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Las Posadas FAQs

December 14, 2021 | Bridget O'Dowd

Las Posadas FAQs

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. Masks are required for all.

In this celebration (originally from Mexico) we commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem and searched for a place to stay. After being turned away in various places around Church Square Park, we return to Mustard Seed School where Mary, Joseph, are welcomed into our school. After a brief scripture reading from Abby Hall Choi, students will be dismissed to their parents and everyone is invited to return to  the gazebo at Church Square Park to join the Mustard Seed Chorus and Mariachi Artístico for a Carol Sing and Mariachi performance. Learn more about the celebration in this video.


What is the schedule?

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 (Kindergarten meets around the gazebo in Church Square Park, by the bathrooms.) 

6:30pm – Procession begins

6:50pm – Procession ends at Mustard Seed, students dismissed to their parents at regular dismissal spots

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.


What is the song we sing as we process?

We all sing “Canción de Las Posadas” as we process. The sheet music is below as well as a video here!

Bridget O'Dowd

Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.

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