Re-enactments of las posadas (“the inns”) emerge as much beloved components of traditional Christmas celebrations in Spanish-speaking cultures within:
• Caribbean, Central, North and South America;
They gather people, places, and props together for processing through:
• Rivers, with José y María (“Joseph and Mary”) occupying the first boat, in San Antonio, Texas;
• Streets, with Santa Cruz’s villagers performing spoken and sung roles, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Such processions include daily commitments throughout the nine days culminating in Christmas Eve for communicants in Spain. They involve devilish innkeepers denying the Holy Couple five times, to the crowds’ boos and hisses.
Processions always lead to cookies and hot chocolate at the stable in “The Night of Las Posadas.”