Cherub returns to downtown Indy

(WISH Photo)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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