INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A longstanding tradition continued in Indianapolis Thursday morning as a cherub returned to the clock at Washington and Meridian streets.
The Thanksgiving tradition dates back to 1947 when the cherub first appeared outside what was then an L.S. Ayres store. At the time, cherubs were featured in the Ayres catalog. Customers liked them so much that the store commissioned the small, bronze sculpture.
The tradition nearly ended when another company bought Ayres, but public pressure ensured the Christmas season continued to begin with the cherub.