By Lena Mitchell
This is part of a continuing series of articles on Christmas traditions in Northeast Mississippi.
CORINTH – The floor of the Crossroads Arena is transformed once a year into a Winter Wonderland of Christmas trees and dampécor, a gesture of appreciation from Magnolia Regional Health Center to the community.
The numerous trees donated by local businesses for the occasion are auctioned to the public as a fundraiser for the Magnolia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports charitable care at the hospital and other nonprofits in Alcorn County.
“The hospital puts this event on for the community,” said spokeswoman Tracy Moore. “The only thing we ask is that people attending bring a nonperishable food donation for the AMEN Food Pantry.”
The event is held each year on the first Saturday in December, the same day as Corinth’s Christmas parade, as a way of launching festivities of the holiday season, she said.
About 50 volunteers, including hospital staff, families and children from the community, help with preparing and presenting the special event.
Activities for children include free pictures with Santa, play time, mailing letters to Santa and enjoying a variety of snacks and treats. There is also a small train that children ride through the wintry scenes built by hospital maintenance staff. Adults enjoy demonstrations by an ice sculptor and may participate in a raffle.
“It takes us about a week to put it all together we have so much going on,” Moore said, “but it’s well worth it to say thank you to our community.”