Written by Pastor April and Rev. Thomas Dikeman along with the couple.

Opening Words

“Ho, ho, ho and an early Merry Christmas everyone! We are gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of Christina and Ray. Christmas is the time of year that our hearts and thoughts turn to family. Christina and Ray wanted their wedding day to be an intimate and relaxed event, full of holiday spirit, as though you were all in their living room with them…. but as Christina said “they needed a bigger living room” so here we all are! Christina and Ray consider themselves to be truly blessed to have both come from such large and wonderful families. They are especially grateful for not just their own children, but for all the children gathered here… For children are the hope of all our tomorrows, and a strong marriage is the foundation from which their greatest influence will come. One of the greatest gifts that Christina and Ray received from their parents was their unconditional love and support, and this is what they hope to give to the next generation.

For Christina and Ray the promises they make this day are a lifelong commitment to one another, to family, and to community. To stand before all those we love most in the world, and promise to love another person openly and trustingly, without limits or preconditions, and to do this for a lifetime… This is perhaps the bravest thing two people will ever do. It is a promise that they have made over and over again to one another in the privacy of their hearts. And Santa knows this to be true for he hears these things. It is also a promise to each and everyone of you here, a promise that the person you love will be well cared for.

And so today, Christina and Ray bestow upon one another all the honor and respect that mirrors the place they hold in one another’s hearts and lives… All the honor and respect that comes with the title of husband and wife, titles that say to the world. “This is the one person that I choose, to be my own, to hold above all others, today and for all the days of my life.”

Reading: “A Few Days Before Christmas”

“T’was just before Christmas, and all through this place
The halls were bedecked with crystal and lace;
The family had gathered from near and from far,
We’re so happy to see that here they all are;
Though Santa is busy this time of the year,
Just like all of you, I’m happy to be here
For the giving of gifts, is special indeed,
Yet it’s the gift of True Love, that’s the one we all need
The couple arrived in a spiffy new carriage
With their thoughts on nothing but love, and marriage.
They are here to make promises lasting forever,
Building a new life! What a worthy endeavor!
They have each chosen their partners for life,
He is her husband, she is his wife,
Tonight there will be dinner, dancing and cake,
But first let us hear the promises they’ll make.”

Personal Vows

“Ray will you now tell Christina what is in your heart?”

Ray speaks his heart

“Christina will you now tell Ray what is in your heart?”

Christina speaks her heart

Presentation of the Rings

“Ho, Ho, Ho, May I have the rings please?

Santa is given the rings

In the days of old, when bells tolled, they would ‘ring out’ joyous news. The same way those bells let everyone know that something important has happened, so will this ring upon your finger tell the world that each of you belong to someone very special, who loves you more than anything else, who whether near or far is always by your side. May these rings forever shine as a symbol of enduring strength and beauty in a sometimes fragile world.”

Ring Vows

“Ray do you take Christina to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold, From this day forward, For better or for worse, For richer or for poorer, In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish, Until death do you part?”

Ray: “I do.”

“Will you now place the ring on your beloved’s finger and repeat after me?”

“I Ray, take you Christina, to be my wife. I promise to always remember, that you are a gift, and a blessing in my life, and I will cherish our love forever.”

Christina, do you take ray to be your lawfully wedded husband? To have and to hold, From this day forward, For better or for worse, For richer or for poorer, In sickness and in health, To love and to cherish, Until death do you part?”

Christina: “I do.”

“Will you now place the ring on your beloved’s finger and repeat after me?”

“I Christina, take you Ray, to be my husband. I promise to always remember, that you are a gift, and a blessing in my life, and I will cherish our love forever.”

Pronouncement of Marriage

“Mrs. Claus and I have been married since the beginning of time and we have learned that big jobs take many hands. So accept the help of those who love you. We have learned that days pass quickly, but not so quickly that one should ever pass without a show of how much you mean to one another. Be it a cup of hot cocoa on a cold night or a moment of hand holding for no reason other than to touch, always remember to warm one another’s hearts and thoughts. We learned that reindeer can fly, that there is no limit to what can be accomplished and that there is no greater magic in all the world than that of love! So keep your love first and foremost in your thoughts remembering that simple or grand, every day can be a holiday when Love guides your course.

You are now as your hearts have always known you to be, Husband and Wife. You may kiss your beautiful Bride!

Bride and Groom kiss

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Here’s the video!