Advent season is here! We at AYO have to admit, we enjoy a good Christmas movie or two. Holiday baking is a tradition in our family and even though some recipes have changed with changing diets, the joy of being together hasn’t. Each year, though, we realize more and more that unless there is intention in the celebrating, the season flies by and feels…well, empty.
In a time that commercializes a celebration of one of the most incredible events in mankind’s history, the birth of Christ, we are realizing it’s a choice to step out of the chaos and quiet the heart and mind. Appreciating the season doesn’t need to look a certain way. We don’t have to celebrate Christmas the way everyone else does or tells us we should. The season isn’t about who can give the best gifts and it certainly isn’t about being judged because of the gifts we can or can’t give. It’s so freeing to understand that as fun as some traditions are, we don’t have to wear ourselves out trying to do everything movies portray as part of the Christmas holidays or to be a perfect family.
What is Advent? According to Dictionary.com, Advent is “1) a coming into place, view, or being; arrival, 2)The coming of Christ into the world, 3) The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world, and 4) Second coming.” Webster Dictionary defines Advent as, “1) The period including the four Sundays before Christmas, 2) The first or the expected coming of Christ, and 3) Coming; any important arrival; approach.”
Advent implies a sense of both remembering and waiting for something. Historically, we find ourselves between significant moments in time. Likewise, engaged couples are in between singleness and marriage. It’s easy during the yearning, waiting, and in-between-times to lose focus on the future drawing near. It’s easy to become so lost in the day-to-day routine and traditions that we forget the reason behind them. And it’s easy to become so overwhelmed with the urgent, we forget what is important. This year, though schedules are perpetually full and life may throw some curve balls, let us lift the blinding curtain of consumerism and traditions to remember why we celebrate this season. Let us look gratefully back to the first Advent of Christ as a babe and also look forward to His second coming. Let us also take time to cherish loved ones and let them know how important they are in our lives.
As wedding coordinators, we desire to free you up to enjoy your love story during this time of waiting for the advent of your marriage. Couples often become lost in the details, especially for the wedding day. It is our hope to enable you, our brides and grooms, to relax and enjoy the wedding day of your dreams. It is a day to reflect what you as a couple want to communicate to others about the two of you, and the family you are establishing. Your wedding day points to who you will be as a married couple, the values and beliefs you share, and the life you will lead together. Marriage is more than the wedding day, and we urge couples getting married to spend time focusing on what truly matters.