Next week, the community of the Church of the Incarnation in Glendale will host the church's annual posadas.
And if you don't know what that is, let me explain.
Las Posadas is an annual celebration held in some Catholic churches that symbolizes the struggle Mary and Joseph had in finding a place to spend the night on the evening that became Christmas Eve. The story goes that Mary and Joseph were forced to stay in a barn after being unable to find suitable shelter on their arrival in Bethlehem, the birth-place of Christ.
The way Las Posadas traditionally works is a group of people will arrive at a home in a neighborhood near the church and seek posada, Spanish for shelter. The hosts will invite the people in, where they will proceed to have refreshments, sing carols, hit a piñata and enjoy each other's company. The process is repeated the next night and the next, for as many nights as the church wishes to have posadas; posadas typically don't go past nine nights.