In Mexico, posadas bring early Christmas spirit, community


              A woman hits a traditional Christmas "pinata" filled with fruit and candy during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Mexican "chinelo" dancers participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A man participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A Mexican "chinelo" dancer adjusts his hat for the procession of "Niñopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A man with light flares participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A resident carries the statue of a baby Jesus in the procession of "Niñopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A boy hits a traditional Christmas "pinata" filled with fruit and candy during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Mexican "chinelo" dancers participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              A music participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents with light flares participate in the procession of "Ninopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents participate in the procession of "Niñopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
            
              Residents carry a statue of baby Jesus in the procession of "Niñopan" during a Christmas "posada," which means lodging or shelter, in the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022. For the past 400 years, residents have held posadas between Dec. 16 and 24, when they take statues of baby Jesus in procession to church for Mass to commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
In Mexico, posadas bring early Christmas spirit, community