In Latin American countries, the Advent tradition of Las Posadas is observed in the nine days before Christmas. This tradition celebrates the journey of Joseph and the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, where Christ will be born.
Our Anglican Cathedral community in Second Life has adapted this tradition for the Grid’s holiday season. Parishioners have volunteered to “host” statues of the holy couple each night until they complete their journey at the Cathedral on Epiphany Island. Each Resident hands off the statues to the next host daily, with the journey ending on Christmas Eve. Some are hosting parties in conjunction, similar to the tradition I first learned about in Disney’s The Three Caballeros.
It’s my pleasure to be helping out with the hosting today; while I am not staging a party, I do have the statues on my outside deck. Visitors are welcome to come and view Mary and Joseph; they will be in place until some time Tuesday morning North American time. You may teleport to my house; while I don’t anticipate crowds, I would ask visitors to please be respectful of my neighbors (grin).
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:
The Holy Family have moved on for the day to their next destination. I passed them on to Chaz Longstaff and his partner, Kip Ashbourne. A quickie picture of them before I depart to other areas:
Chaz is on the left. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with them; Chaz comes from Toronto, and Kip is a fellow Midwesterner, hailing from Chicago. May their time with the Holy Family be blessed.