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The door slams shut: “There’s no room at the inn!” As Vicar, one of the joys of Christmas is attending school, nursery and church, nativities! I’m always amazed at the creativity of those who devise each production, offering different perspectives on these ancient events.
Paul and I have just returned from a few days’ away in lovely Ludlow. Our break included enjoying the hospitality of some cosy country inns. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘inn’? It’s kind of old-fashioned, invoking images of warmth, welcome, food, and drink, amongst others.
Posada is the Spanish for ‘inn’. It also refers to an old Latin American custom where, in the weeks before Christmas, young people, dressed as Mary and Joseph, travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about Jesus’ imminent arrival. On Christmas Eve they’d visit the church and re-enact the nativity.
Modern Posada use nativity figures. This year there are characters from a beautiful hand-knitted nativity journeying around Perton, moving from home to home, visiting community groups, our schools and the library en route. As the characters are handed on, members of our community meet, and where possible, offer hospitality in the form of a cuppa - or other refreshment!
The plan is that the figures will finally be brought to the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. This Christmas, may I encourage us all to ponder whether there’s room at our inn - in our lives - to welcome Jesus? May God bless you and those you love - Merry Christmas!