CHEROKEE COUNTY —
“And then you are welcomed inside,” Meaux said, “where there is usually the traditional meal of tamales and hot chocolate or coffee, and pozole or menudo.
“And of course, we have the piñata,” she laughed, which often is the center of the children's attention. “It's pretty fun, actually.”
While the tradition is Mexican and Catholic in origin, the beauty of las posadas is that everyone is welcome to join in.
“It's a representation of the Bible (story about Mary and Joseph's search for shelter), but it becomes real, because you can participate” in that journey, Meaux said. “And it really makes the meaning of what this season is about: The birth of Jesus and redemption of the whole world, not 'how much can we spend.'”
Encouraging others to join in the posadas, held at 7 p.m. nightly Dec. 16 to 24 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 10 Corinth Rd. in Jacksonville, Meaux said she thought people would enjoy seeing “the Bible come alive and feeling a sense of community.
“At the very least, you're going to get to enjoy some delicious food and fellowship,” she laughed.