Lights sparkle in memory of loved ones at AJ House

WEBSTER— Each year during the holidays, families and friends gather around Christmas trees during festive and joyous holiday get-togethers, but for some, the holidays don’t bring cheer. One organization has allowed individuals to memorialize a loved one during the holiday season, either living or deceased.

On December 9, the Anna Jarvis Memorial Christmas Tree, at the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum, located at 3576 Webster Pike, just four miles south of Grafton on US Route 119, was lit with sparkling lights, that were used to honor approximately 32 family members or friends of individuals. In addition, 14 gold bulbs adorned the tree in memory of loved ones.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended the open house on Saturday,” shared Olive Ricketts, museum director. “We would especially like to thank those who purchased a light for their loved ones, which decorated the Memorial Tree this year.”

She revealed that although it was a rather cold day, it was a nice event for those in attendance.

During the event, attendees were treated to light refreshments, while taking in the decorated rooms of the Anna Jarvis House. According to Ricketts, every room had been delicately decorated for the holidays and were ready for Christmas. Guests were also encouraged to stop by the gift shop to find their friends and family something special.

“This is our annual fundraiser each year that helps us pay our gas and utility bills over the winter months, when the weather makes attendance at the museum dwindle,” Ricketts disclosed. “So, please think about purchasing a memorial bulb or light in honor of your loved ones, next year.”

According to Ricketts, gold memorial lights can be purchased for $25 each, and other lights are available for only $5 each. Some of the other colored lights include blue ones for veterans.

“Individuals may purchase lights for next year’s memorial tree now, and will be able to do so until the beginning of December 2018,” Ricketts shared. “In addition to adding their lights to the tree, their names will be read aloud during the tree lighting ceremony.”

Those interested in purchasing a light for a loved one should contact the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum by phone at 304-265-5549. Applications can also be picked up at the museum during their business hours.

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