As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, neighborhoods are transformed into wonderlands of soft, glowing candlelight flowing in unbroken chains along curb sides and walkways. For 51 years, the Wheaton-Naperville 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 families who use the services of the Angel Harvey Family Healthy Center.
A luminaria set includes five candles and five bags for $6.00. Lumabases, reusable plastic bases that hold the candles, are available as a set of five for $12.00. As an alternative, 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.
Luminaria sets are sold through neighborhood coordinator volunteers who solicit orders from their neighbors in November and deliver luminaria sets in early December.
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