Wheaton Infant Welfare Luminaria -- A Holiday Tradition for 48 Years
Nov 17, 2017 3:20 PM -
As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, neighborhoods are transformed into wonderlands of soft, glowing candlelight flowing in unbroken chains along curbsides and walkways. For 48 years, the Wheaton Chapter of the Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has sponsored this beautiful Christmas Eve event which has evolved into a breathtaking expression of community pride, unity and caring. Proceeds from the sale of luminaria help the Infant Welfare Society bring the gift of good health to disadvantaged children. A luminaria set includes five candles and five bags for $5.00. Lumabases, reusable plastic bases that hold the candles, are available as a set of five for $10.00. Or if you prefer, sand, birdseed, kitty litter or potting soil can be used to "anchor" candles in the bags. They are usually spaced five to ten feet apart along curbsides, driveways or sidewalks and lit at dusk on Christmas Eve. It is common for neighbors to light the luminaria of those who are away on Christmas Eve to keep the chain of beautiful light unbroken.