Making spirits ‘aglow’ in Grosse Pointe Woods

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 19, 2020

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As COVID-19 will keep many families home alone on Christmas Eve this year, one Grosse Pointe Woods woman has organized a stay-at-home event that she hopes will light up the night and make spirits bright.

Donna Miller has come up with the idea for “Grosse Pointe Woods (socially distanced) Aglow” to make the city shine on Christmas Eve. The idea came to her from a memory she had when her hometown of Ludington did the same.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Grosse Pointe Woods residents are encouraged to line the curbs of their homes from 5 to 10 p.m. with luminarias, which are small paper bags weighted with sand and a candle. Rocks or kitty litter could also work to give the bags weight.

“The hope is that the entire Grosse Pointe Woods area will be aglow with candlelight and the warmth of the community on Christmas Eve,” Miller stated in a press release.

She developed a Facebook page to help share her idea, encourage others to participate and provide information. The event page is ​Grosse Pointe Woods (socially distanced) Aglow​, and those who view it can learn how to make the luminarias.

“All residents and businesses are encouraged to participate, and to please clean up at the end of the evening,” Miller said. “So many have had a trying year, including medical frontline workers and others such as teachers, parents, grocery store employees and business owners … why not come together as a community to show appreciation for all and spread joy? Many neighborhoods may already do this, but this seemed like the perfect time to get even more of the community to participate on a full scale.”

At press time, approximately 100 people showed on the Facebook page that they were interested in the event.