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York County, Pa.’s Meckley family shares its Christmas story. How about telling yours?

York County, Pa.’s, Daniel G. Meckley III wrote this booklet detailing the story of the Moon Christmas Ornament, which has hung on family Christmas trees for 100 years. It will be available in the York County Heritage Trust archives. Also of interest: TV show box set ‘Terry & the Pirates’ to be part of a museum exhibit someday?, Rambo run: One small stream … so much stress and York Safe & Lock worker recalls chat with Hedy Lamarr.

In 1910, 10-year-old Daniel G. Meckley Jr. cut out a piece of corrugated cardboard to form a Christmas tree ornament.
A moon with a face.
Every year since, this child’s rendition of the moon has hung on a Meckley Christmas tree.
On Sunday, Daniel G. Meckley III, a well-known York County businessman, placed it there on its 100th anniversary.
The York Daily Record/Sunday News captured the occasion.

Daniel Meckley III, 87, hangs an ornament Sunday that his father made, Daniel Meckley Jr., made. His brother, Michael, looks on, at a party in which the ornament was hung for the 100th year on a family Christmas tree.
And reported a comment from practically minded Dan Meckley III, who observed how well the ornament has held up so well:
“I didn’t even know they made corrugated cardboard 100 years ago.”
Dan Meckley hopes that the story of the moon ornament inspires others to write their own Christmas story, to be filed at the York County Heritage Trust library, so others can see them.
That’s where the booklet will reside.
Meanwhile, the ornament will remain in the family.
Grandson David Meckley is the moon’s guardian today.
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