I had so much fun planning my 2nd Sunday of Advent dinner table! Wanting to bring out the sparkle of the silver & gold, I started with a fun gold mirrored tray that I found at World Market and loaded it up with shiny silver and gold ball ornaments and crystal clear candle holders for my contemporary twist on an Advent wreath (I'll get to Advent a little later).
Square silver chargers, greens and fun LED color changing Christmas Tree lights for everyone to take home added the final touch.
We sat down to to toast the season with a few bottles of beautiful California wine, succulent herb roasted chicken, roasted Walla Walla onions, and mixed greens with figs, Manchego cheese and honey balsamic vinaigrette (All from the Placer County Real Food cookbook). Imagine my delight when my dinner guests noticed the "Just Let it Be" napkin's stunning green, gold, and silver script I had intended to be the focal point!
Not only has Prosper Design Studio been featured in our own Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour in East Sacramento this year, they have been promoted by Lifestyle expert Sadie Murray on the Hallmark Channel, Comstock Magazine, and Sactown Magazine, plus the beautiful Miss Maren Conrad is busily filling requests from editors at Dwell, HGTV, ElleDecor, Better Homes & Garden, Veranda, and Food & Wine. Whoa! How awesome is that? We love to see great things happen to our local peeps!
The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' which means 'coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (which is November 30th), and so it will always fall somewhere between November 27th at the earliest and December 3rd at the latest. The liturgical color for this season is purple.
Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ's birth, and for the time when Christ will come again.
If you’re unfamiliar with Advent, I expect it might feel odd to think of the weeks before Christmas as something more than Christmastime. For most of my life, Advent played a role in my pre-Christmas season. We always had an Advent wreath with five candles. Lighting one each Sunday of Advent remembering those we love, and reflecting on the year to come. Of course I always had an Advent calendar with 25 little windows which I would open each day of December leading up to Christmas.
As a non "going to church every Sunday" Catholic, I focus on the more spiritual and joyous side of the Advent season....and my life really. It's a time for family and friends to join together and celebrate the season, and a reason to get together every Sunday for a beautiful dinner together.