Do you remember this York County Christmas star?

I received a REALLY cool letter this week from Ronald Klimes.

As soon as I opened his email and saw the photos attached, I knew right away what he was talking about – a sight my own family had visited many times!

He writes, “At the risk of sounding like I’m boasting, I thought I would tell you about a bit of a local holiday tradition that I started in the ’70s and ’80s. I live in Springettsbury Township, on the crest of a hill that overlooks the Yorkshire neighborhood. In 1970 I started to decorate the back of my house with lights in the shape of a five-pointed star. The top went all the way to the top of the roof. And, the bottom was down at the ground. Since I was at the top of the hill, above the new Kingston development, the entire neighborhood could see it – all the way to Market Street. The pictures that I have attached were taken from Kingston Road in 1970, and are looking south.”

Ron added, “I continued to put it up through the ’70s and ’80s. As I got older, it became too dangerous to crawl up to the top of the roof, especially in the winter. So, I finally had to stop. Many people in the Yorkshire area still remember it. I run into friends in the stores, and at various gatherings, who remind me of it and say they miss it.”

Well, I told Ron, add me to that collection, as I remember that as a young child. And I asked him if I could share his story here, as I’m sure many other Yorkers recall this sight and wonder what happened to it! I also asked him what led him to start the tradition in the first place, and he said:

“I did it originally because I was happy to live at such a beautiful spot, and wanted to share with everyone. My wife remembers the remark that a few of the Nuns at St. Joe’s school said, ‘They knew it was Christmas when they saw the star in the East.’ I still decorate the house, but much more modestly than before. I don’t want to climb up on the roof anymore!”

Thank you, Ron, for sharing, and Merry Christmas, early, to everyone! :)

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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4 Responses to Do you remember this York County Christmas star?

  1. Brenda Neff says:

    My son, Sean, loved this star. It was one of his first words. He looked for it every time we were at my parents’ house in Yorkshire. Very fond memories of this star.

  2. Betsy Baird says:

    Was this the Christmas Star they had on the building off Dorsett Lane in East
    York? The scene below that star is now covered with new condos. I would
    much rather see the Star shining out among the land instead. There were a
    couple other large stars in this area, but this was “it.” Mother & I could see it from our apartment at Suburban Park Apartments and were always watching for the lights to first appear each year. Why must everything be taken away in the face of developers & businesses.
    Betsy Baird

  3. John Loeper says:

    I also loved the giant star the city would put up over the square every december.

  4. Jim Fahringer says:

    I am not sure this is the star that I was thinking of. It seems to me the star that I was thinking of stood high on the hill overlooking the area of K-Mart and Salvation Army Store Plaza on Haines Road. The star looked down over the barren cornfields and could be seen throughout the Haines Rd. Development area. The house stood at the top of the hill just opposite Mt. Rose Cemetery just east of Green Hill Rd.( I think this is the name of that Road). Are we talking about the same star or was the one I remembered a different one? It seems as though we are talking about two different stars.

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