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Although Las Posadas is not something I celebrated as a child, I believe the beautiful tradition is something worth exploring with my kids.
In a way, it’s similar to the Puerto Rico tradition known as parrandas, where a group of people go from house to house singing and playing musical instruments mostly for entertainment purposes. In the case of Las Posadas, the idea is that the group of people actually represents how Mary and Joseph went around Bethlehem looking for lodging.
Las Posadas starts nine days before Christmas to represent Mary’s nine months of pregnancy and there’s a couple of ways in which farolitos or luminarias are used during this time. The leader of the procession is supposed to carry one to guide the rest of the group from house to house. But, they are also used to light up the entrance to each home visited during the procession.
Although my kids and I to haven’t had the opportunity to participate in Las Posadas just yet, I do love the idea of creating these farolitos to light up the entrance to our home during the holiday season. This simple, yet beautiful craft will make your house stand out!
All you need are a bunch of brown paper lunch bags, scrapbooking scissors, electric votive candles and stickers or anything else you may want to use to decorate your farolitos–all of which you can find at your local Walmart.
I asked my daughter to use the scrapbooking scissors to cut the lunch bags in half so they wouldn’t be super tall. I then folded the top part in half and attempted to cut out a star. We then used some glitter foam stickers to decorate the bags and put the electric votive candles inside.