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Las Posadas celebrates the true spirit of Christmas

For many people the month of December is busy with shopping, planning vacations, and organizing Christmas get-togethers. Amidst all this frenzy, one of the most traditional ways to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas is being a part of Las Posadas festivities in Fremont. This ceremonial nine-day celebration has been co-sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) and the Old Mission San Jose annually since 1982.

It is a great way for the community to come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Joseph and Mary, nine months pregnant, travelled for nine days from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The couple sought shelter, or posada, in order to rest and for Mary to give birth. They were continuously rejected, and the divine child was finally born in a stable manger.

Las Posadas originated in Mexico in the 16th century when the catholic Christmas was observed by Spanish Augustinian friars. Now, it is celebrated in many parts of the world during the nine days leading up to Christmas Day. Adults and children dress up in biblical attire and are led by a couple dressed as Joseph and Mary carrying a baby. The procession includes musicians and, sometimes, even a live donkey. Singing songs and holding candles, the procession stops at pre-selected locations where the participants ask for lodging and are refused admittance, just as Mary and Joseph were.

Get in the Christmas mood with Free Holiday Concert

The Newark Symphonic Winds (NSW), under the superb direction of Mr. Richard Wong, will be presenting its Free Holiday Concert and Sing-Along Saturday, December 16.

Performing all new and exciting compositions, well start off by getting your toes tapping with A Celtic Carol by James L. Hosay, then youll hear a lovely piece by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Happy Xmas (War is Over). Next, well perform Sammy Nesticos medley A Fireside Christmas, and then Jose Felicianos Feliz Navidad. Well end the first half of our concert with all the kids up front at the stage to listen to the Honorable Dave Smiths reading of Twas the Night before Christmas. After Smiths reading well have our traditional visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, so be certain to bring the kids and grandkids Ð theyll love getting a chance to talk with Santa.

Holiday wishes to all and we look forward to seeing you at our Free Holiday Concert!

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