Las Posadas (Spanish for "lodging") is a traditional 9-day observance which re-enacts Mary and Joseph's search for room at the inn. A processional , ususally carrying lighted candles, walks through the community streets each night. The processional stops at a previously selected home and asks for lodging for the night. The people are invited in to read scriptures and sing Christmas carols called villancicos. Refreshments are provided by the hosts and might include ponche navideno and bunuelos.
Amadeo's favorite part is the pinata, and chasing all of the little toys and candies that go skittering across the patio when the pinata is finally broken!