New Christmas tree lit in Tyler

December 19, 2016 by  

East Texas Medical Center in Tyler recently held its 29th Christmas tree lighting ceremony to mark the beginning of the holiday season.

Norman Frazier, a paramedic from the Medical Center, was selected to flip the switch. Frazier worked as a paramedic for 35 years and was a patient at the Medical Center. Vice president of affiliate operations, Perry Henderson, said that every year a patient who demonstrates the concepts of healing and hope is selected as ambassador for the tree lighting.

Frazier said he was honored to light the tree, stating that the post-traumatic stress disorder program of the Behavioral Health Center enabled him to deal with his health issue so that he could continue working in his profession and for the Medical Center.

A new Christmas tree was planted on the front lawn of the Medical Center for the tree lighting. It is an Eastern Red Cedar that is native to Texas, and replaces a Leyland Cypress that was destroyed last February during a windstorm.

Before the lighting of the tree, the Tyler Junior College choir sang Christmas music. Afterwards, children were able to sit on the lap of Santa Claus in his sleigh and were able to pet a reindeer.

The East Texas Medical Center may consider printing various holiday cards of the ceremony in its lobby to instill the holiday spirit.