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Shiloh’s National Christmas Tree: ‘More people can see the tree now than … on our front yard’

The National Christmas Tree – with York County, Pa., roots – draws a crowd every year to the Ellipse near the White House. This year’s tree lighting ceremony is set for 5 p.m., Thursday. It will be live streamed at http://www.thenationaltree.org/tree-lighting. This White House photo shows the lighting in 2006. Update: This York County-grown tree blew over in 2011. Also of interest: Strathmeyer Christmas Tree empire began with small York stands and now sells all over East and E-mailer links Roosevelt Avenue Airport, Downtown York’s Bon-Ton – and Santa and York Moravian’s Putz is an unsung, well-sung annual attraction.

Most York Town Square blog readers won’t get into the White House to see the handiwork of York countian Debra Eberly, a Springfield Township interior decorator.
She was among 100 volunteers selected to decorate the White House for the holiday, as detailed in the York Daily Record/Sunday News story can’t bearing the subhead: She can’t reveal what it will look like because it’s a secret..
But they can see another York County Christmas-related product: the National Christmas Tree… .

In 1978, William E. Myers of Shiloh sold his 15-year-old, 30-foot Colorado Spruce to the National Park Service.
The annual tree-lighting ceremony is set for this week.
When interviewed in the early 1990s, Myers said he delighted in the annual display of lights on his former tree.
“… (T)oday I feel good when I see the tree lit for Christmas,” Myers told the York Daily Record. “So many more people can see the tree now than they ever could on our front yard.”
Also of interest:
– To see Lewis Miller’s drawing of an early American Christmas tree, visit: York County Heritage Trust’s Web site gives virtual look at its vast holdings, activities.
Der Belsnickel of the Pennsylvania Dutch: ‘He looked scary and carried a sack of presents.’