A Winter Wonderland
Again this year, people from across the Triad will visit Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center to celebrate the holidays as businesses and civic organizations decorate trees for a month long display. Then, as it has for more than a decade, TMC’s lobby transforms into a festive winter wonderland with the lighting of the annual Christmas Trees of Davidson County. The lobby is open for visitors to enjoy daily from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
“This is the Foundation’s gift to the community during the holidays,” shares Novant Health Foundation Thomasville Medical Center executive director, Susan Reece. “The winter wonderland serves as a one of a kind holiday greeting to those who support us throughout the year. It is truly a spectacular sight to stroll through the lobby of sparkling and festive Christmas trees.”
Thomasville Medical Center has become a favorite holiday gathering place for the community. Each tree is uniquely decorated and has a story of its own. There is no cost to a business or civic group to participate. Some organizations donate the decorated tree to the foundation which accepts bids through a silent auction on the trees throughout the month. The lucky winner then purchases a beautifully decorated holiday tree with proceeds benefiting the foundation.
Reece shares that money from this year’s auction is earmarked for the hospital’s growing oncology program, providing patients in financial need who are being treated for cancer with nutritional supplements and an exercise program to aid recovery. Proceeds will also be used to help launch rehabilitative support for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We want people to view the hospital as a place of wellness, and hosting something that brings people to the hospital for no other reason than to view the trees and celebrate the holidays is a great opportunity,” says Reece.
Throughout the month are a variety of activities going on in the lobby as well. Visitors can enjoy carolers from an area church or daycare, employees singing around the piano, and samples of hot cider or cocoa. Visitors come by car, bus and caravan, and many families use the festive scenery as a backdrop for their annual holiday card to friend and families.
Reece recalls observing a young couple with their two day old baby posing for their first family photos using the trees as the backdrop. “They even put the baby under one of the trees for the picture like the baby was the gift,” says Reece. “And then there were those who visited from area nursing homes and visited with Santa. They shared they couldn’t remember the last time they talked with Santa. We are honored to be a part of the community and are honored to share this winter wonderland with each and every visitor.”