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Virtual Las Posadas

December 16, 2020 | Bridget O'Dowd

On Friday, December 18th, the Kindergarten will be participating in their very first Las Posadas. Las Posadas is a Mustard Seed tradition that stretches back to the early years of the school, over 40 years ago.

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, and the entire school community are welcomed for a telling of the Christmas story and music from students in grades 2-8.

This year Las Posadas will look a little different, but we will still celebrate! This family celebration will be virtual this year, with a video to be released at 3pm on Friday. This year Las Posadas can be enjoyed from the comfort (and warmth) of your couch!


The video below shows footage from a past Las Posadas.

Usually, students walk with their family and class around Church Square Park, following Mary and Joseph (8th graders)  on their search to find a place to stay. While walking we sing “Cancion de las posadas.” The kindergarten learned this with Ms. Mauldin in music on Tuesday. You can listen to the song in the video below of a past class practicing.

Kindergarten has a special role in Las Posadas! We are the lucky ones to break the piñata!


At the end of the school day on Friday, the children will get to participate in breaking open the piñata and collecting the goodies inside. This year there will be no candy, but instead other small trinkets.


Pictures and video of the piñata breaking will be available on Seesaw on Friday!

What will Las Posadas look like this year?
We will celebrate! Students in grades 2-8 have been singing and creating music videos. Eighth grade students created a video of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. We will hear the Christmas story. This will all be on video. Students will get to watch at home with their families.
What to wear: 
Get out your shepherd costume, serape, or angel wings!
When is Las Posadas?
The Las Posadas Christmas celebration will be released at 3PM on Friday, Dec. 18.  Mr. Postema will send an email to our school community.
Will there be candy?
Alas, no (covid!). But you can get/make special foods to eat with your family while you watch the video.

Merry Christmas! 

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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