Growing up in East Oakland, in a Mexican-Catholic home, one of my favorite traditions about the holidays were Las Posadas at our local church in Jingletown. Las Posadas are a nine-day celebration celebrated throughout Mexico. Las Posadas start on December 16 and end on December 24, and are a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. Those attending split into two groups. One group of people stay inside the church as “innkeepers” while the other remain outside as the shepherds accompanying Mary and Joseph. The kids get dressed up and everyone sings along with the re-enactment. After, there is food and piñatas, and people linger about talking to each other. There is an amazing sense of community and it is such a merry time. I’m glad that the tradition continues at Mary Help of Christians Church.