Mary & Joseph Pilgrimage

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.”

” So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”


There is a Mexican tradition called Las Posadas. It re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter; in Spanish the word means “lodging”.

Here at Nativity we’ve adapted this tradition and celebrate our own Posadas during Advent. Each night, a different Nativity member or family hosts Joseph and Mary. You’re encouraged to include them in whatever activity you may be doing that day. In previous years, they’ve been to sporting events, out to dinner, watched cookiemaking and went downtown to the Christmas show at Macy’s!

In addition to showing hospitality to Mary & Joseph, you also get to connect with fellow Nativity members as you drop-off and pick-up your important guests.

Embrace the wonder of Advent and journey with Mary and Jospeh on their pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Where Have Mary and Joseph Been?