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St. Mary's students observe Las Posadas tradition

St. Mary's students observe Mexican Christmas tradition of Las Posadas.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Published: December 15, 2010

Devils aren't part of most traditional Christmas festivities.

But Spanish teacher Lisa Day started the Las Posadas festivities this week at St. Mary's Episcopal School with the cry of, “The devils are coming, the devils are coming.”

Fifth-graders Ellie Howell and Elizabeth Turner, dressed in red, with horns on their heads and bearing a red pitchfork, played the part of the “diablos.” They ran from classroom to classroom warning innkeepers, or posaderos, not to let travelers stay the night.

“Don't let them in,” the devils warned, “they might be robbers.”

Elizabeth explained how she and Ellie got their jobs.

“We were supposed to be soloists, but we didn't want to do that, so we decided to add a new part to Las Posadas,” Elizabeth said.

Las Posadas, the students explained, is a Mexican Christmas tradition that recreates the search for lodging by Mary and Joseph, or in this case, Maria and Jose, on the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

The devils' job was to ensure the weary couple could find no lodging.

As Maria, Anna Hall, and Jose, Michael Adkins, prepared for their part of the journey, Day reminded them to look exhausted.

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