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A hillside home on Christmas Eve here in San Ignacio, Belize.

A hillside home on Christmas Eve here in San Ignacio, Belize.

A few of the candle bearers on a recent night in a customary Posada procession in the village of Benque, Belize. Posadas are  holy celebrations observed mainly in Mexico and here in Central America as well as some parts of the U.S. where Franciscan monks introduced the Advent custom. Scroll down for more info about Posadas.

A few of the candle bearers on a recent night in a customary Posada procession in the village of Benque, Belize. Posadas are very holy celebrations observed mainly in Mexico and here in Central America as well as some parts of the U.S. where Franciscan monks introduced the Advent custom. Scroll down for more info about Posadas.

The meaning of Christmas has been described a million ways to Sunday and then some millions of ways to-boot.

But it all boils down to three mere words:

“Love came down.”

That ultimate, safe love is the one thing that every breathing human on earth wants, needs, yearns for, and craves when it’s missing in one’s life.

Every human, breathing being–who is just a product and child of God–needs love as much as oxygen and food and water.

The good news is, the ultimate love that came down in the form of an innocent child–a kid that needed nurturing love like any other baby child on earth– indeed came down from the ultimate source of love.

Pure, unadultered love is God’s gift to the world and ours for the taking and for the sharing, so share it generously.

And here’s hoping that you have yourself a merry and joyous Christmas and large Jitterbug time.

* Posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. Posada celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem and are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from Dec. 16 to 24th.

Posadas are held in neighborhoods across Mexico and Central America including Belize, where there are processions with walkers bearing candles, and sometimes with individuals selected to play the parts of Mary and Joseph. The procession makes its way to a particular home (a different one each night), where a special song is sung. In this song those outside the house sing the part of Joseph asking for shelter and the family inside responds singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The song switches back and forth a few times until finally the innkeeper decides to let them in. The door is opened and everyone goes inside.

Inside the house there is a celebration which can vary from a big party to a small get-together among friends, but some Bible reading, singing and prayer are included.

The nine nights of Posadas leading up to Christmas represent the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary’s womb, or nine days of the journey to Bethlehem.

It’s a wonderful way of keeping Jesus as the reason for the season.

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