With 2020 being such a difficult year for everyone, Ravenswood is hoping to keep one tradition alive, the “Light the Way” luminaries.

“More than ever we want to bring some light to our community by ‘Lighting the Way’ for Christmas, an annual Ravenswood tradition,” City Councilwoman Dee Scritchfield said. “Luminary bags are a great way to remember loved ones lost by putting a name on the bag or just being a part of the beauty of Christmas by lining our streets with the candle luminaries.” Everyone will light their candles at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, transforming Ravenswood into a beautiful winter village.

In the event of inclement weather, the luminary will move to Dec. 25. Any changes to the Dec. 24 date will be posted on the City of Ravenswood’s Facebook page.

To add something new and exciting, this year an award will be made for the most lit up street. Scritchfield suggests to call all of your neighbors and order a kit.

Anyone interested in participating needs to order a kit before Nov. 30. The cost is $15 a kit and contains 10 white bags, candles, votive cups, and sand.

According to Scritchfield, the candles should burn long past midnight, allowing residents several hours to drive through town and enjoy the impressive sight.

To encourage social distancing, order forms may be picked up at the flyer box at Ravenswood City Hall.

Those who order luminary kits may pick them up between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Calvary Baptist Church Shelter. For any residents unable to get out to pick up their luminary kits, delivery is available and must be selected on the order form when placing the order.

For more information or to order, call or text Kim Love at 304-532-5590; Dee Scritchfield at 304-531-1507; Butch Shaver at 304-532-9047; or Stan Shaver at 304-373-9587.

All proceeds go to the Charles Shaver Memorial Scholarship (501c charitable organization) which awards a scholarship to a senior from both Ravenswood and Ripley High Schools each year.

This project is being provided in conjunction with The Charles Shaver Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation.