A one-night Las Posadas pageant will be presented at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Andres Pico Adobe,10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills.
Sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society (SFVHS), this community holiday event is free and open to the general public. Complimentary pan dulce and hot chocolate will be served, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus is expected along with some friendly farm animals, according to sources close to the SFVHS celebration.
Las Posadas is a traditional Christmas pageant that re-enacts Mary's and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. It features an angel-led procession with lighted candles that follows "Mary and Joseph" from door to door as they are refused lodging for the night. With each refusal, a traditional song is sung by Franciscan nuns accompanied by musicians, and the couple wearily moves on to another door seeking shelter. The 178-year old Andres Pico Adobe, with its many doorways and luminarias-lighted pathways, is an excellent locale for the event and lends a wonderful ambience to the historic pageant.
Afterward, there is a celebration in the courtyard with free refreshments.