Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

The Last night of Las Posadas has arrived. It is Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena as it is known in Spanish speaking countries. I would like to share the Posada novena prayer for the ninth and last day, and also share a few clips from one of the Posada's we attended last Sunday:

Novena before Christmas: The Ninth Day
At last the hour has arrived of divine elucidation! The heavens and earth are filled with joy. The Archangels, Angels, and Cherubim rejoice; the Divine Word is born to the world. For it is through this moment of His birth that thou receivest the homage of thy poor servants. I ask you humbly to conform my will to thy Divine Son's Holy Will. Amen.

Have a Wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Free Posada Booklet Online!

My family and friends are very much looking forward to the start of the Posada's. They begin tomorrow night! Since the Posada's are novena prayer, that means there are only 9 days left till Christmas!

I found a free Posada booklet online for anyone interested in learning more about them, or hosting one in their parish or community. This is not the booklet we use (Several people at my parish made ours from the booklet my mother had way back in Mexico!), however it seems pretty comprehensive! Check it out:

Open publication - Free publishing - More christmas

Here is what the music for Las Posadas sounds like:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

International Montessori Christmas!

What about setting up an international Christmas theme in your geography section this year?

There are so many beautiful Advent and Christmas traditions from around the world, it would provide the children with a great lesson about peace and how we are all truly connected. This is one of the things I love about the Catholic church. The word Catholic actually means universal, and as a Catholic we celebrate many feast days with an infusion of cultures from around the globe.

One of my FAVORITE traditions is Las Posadas! Las Posadas is a reenactment of St. Joseph's and The Virgin Mary's (Los Peregrinos, San José y la Virgen María) search for lodging in Bethlehem. The hosts of the evening'sevent act as the innkeepers, and the parish children and adults are Los Peregrinos, who have to request lodging through singing a simple song. The Peregrinos will ask for lodging SIX times, but only after the innkeepers find out who the Peregrinos are, will they be allowed in. Once the innkeepers let them in, the group of guests comes into the home and kneels around a Nativity scene to pray the Rosary. After all the prayers are done, a reception is held with foods such as posole, tamales, and drinks like hot chocolate and punch. Sometimes there is even a seven pointed star pinata that you beat, representing the seven deadly sins. When the pinata is broken open, you will find candy, fruits, nuts and treats inside, representing the reward for conquering sin.

Another part of Mexican Christmas customs are the singing of villancicos. Here are a couple of songs I found on YouTube that my children are learning.

Las Posadas begin every December 16th. This year that is on a Thursday. May you have a wonderful Advent preparation, whatever it is that you do to prepare your hearts for the coming of the christ child, or ninito Jesus!

If Las Posadas sound interesting to you, you can check out these books to add to your geography section or library!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Continet Box Inspiration!

Go Check out Counting Coconuts for a ton of continent box inspiration! We've had a lot of computer issues for the past month, so I'm looking forward to sharing some pics once our new computer is in place!