The 2005 Miracle Child has been named. Four year old Sierra Stephens will light this year's Christmas tree for the annual lighting ceremony in downtown Tyler. Less than a month ago, Sierra and her father were returning from a trip to Dallas and were in a head-on collision on the interstate. Sierra was treated for a severe liver injury. Doctors say liver injuries happen more often in children than adults because the ribs are more flexible. Sierra's dad says it's going to be a very special Christmas. Brian Stephens, Sierra's Father says, "Still having my daughter with me, that's the best gift that I can ask for, coming out of the wreck alive and both of us well and healing, still have my family all together."
Sierra will help light the Christmas tree on Thursday. The tree was set up on Monday on the square. Workers estimate the tree is more than 40 feet tall. The tree was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Randy Oldham. The Christmas parade begins Thursday at 5:30 PM and will end on the square in Tyler. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow around 7:00 PM on the square. Longview's Christmas Tree Lighting and parade downtown is also this Thursday. It begins at 6:30 PM.