An annual tradition will continue with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Downtown Tyler this year. 6-year-old Abby Fair was announced Monday as this year's official Christmas tree lighter. It's the 10th year a child has been asked to do it. The young girl and her mother were involved a car accident near Hawkins in October. Abby had to spend over a week in the hospital. Doctors and nurses say through it all she kept a smile and is a perfect choice to light the tree. Her mother agrees. "Mentally and emotionally she's a champion, she's very strong... I could never do what she's been through," Cara Fair said.
Workers placed this year's tree on the square this afternoon and began decorating it with lights and other ornaments. If you would like to attend the Christmas tree lighting all you have to do is come Downtown this Thursday. The parade is set to begin at 6 p.m., and conclude on the square at about 6:45 p.m. That's where Abby will flip the switch and turn on Tyler's official Christmas tree.
Chris Gibson, reporting
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