There are so many exciting customs to talk about in Latin America at this time of the year! Soon, the tradition of "Las Posadas" will begin in countries like Mexico and Spain. This tradition takes place on each of the 9 nights leading up to Christmas. Children in each neighborhood gather together and sing Christmas carols in the streets. The children knock on the door of each house and ask, "Hay posada?" (Is there shelter?) Most houses will respond with, "No, no hay posada" (no shelter) and the children will continue their search. Finally, they will find a house that invites them in and they will have a big party always with a star-shaped pinata.
To celebrate, we will be making our own star-shaped pinata collages. On the back of the paper are the words to a song used when hitting the pinata. Children know that when the song ends, their turn is over and they have to put the stick down and give someone else a chance to break the pinata.
We will be watching Elena of Avalor, Dora, and Diego videos this week which all talk about different Navidad traditions in different Spanish speaking countries. We also will be reading several books to learn about traditions including "N is for Navidad," "The Legend of the Poinsettia," "The Night of Las Posadas," and "The Pinata."
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!