Memorialize your loved one this Christmas


WEBSTER— For most, one of the more memorable parts of the holidays is time spent with family and friends, sharing in memories and making new ones and exchanging gifts of varying degrees.

One organization is offering a unique gift experience for individuals to memorialize a loved one during the holiday season, either living or deceased.

The annual 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, will be lit with sparkling lights honoring loved ones near and far.

“The memorial lights are a perfect gift to honor a loved one who has passed one, or a great way to show you care for someone that’s still with you,” shared Olive Ricketts.

She revealed that the memorial light sale is one of the museum’s annual fundraisers that helps pay the gas and other utility bills over the winter months, when the weather makes attendance at the museum dwindle.

“So, please think about purchasing a memorial bulb or light in honor of your loved ones,” Ricketts commented.

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.

Those interested in purchasing a light for a loved one should contact the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum by phone at 304-265-5549.

The deadline is Saturday, December 7, when the lights will be illuminated during the annual lighting of the memorial tree.

Anna Jarvis House will also be hosting their Annual Christmas Open House on December 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the welcome center, located across the street from the museum.

Guests were also encouraged to stop by the gift shop to find their friends and family something special. Ricketts revealed that they have some newly delivered Christmas items, as well as an ornament from the past.

“We just found a box that was never opened that contains ornaments from 1999 of the historic house in 3D,” shared Ricketts. “If you want one, be sure to hurry out, because we only have a few.”

During the open house, there will be fun, refreshments, door prizes and a few surprises. So, be sure to come out and help support the local museum.

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