“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. / To an opponent, tolerance. / To a friend, your heart. / To a customer, service. / To all, charity. / To every child, a good example. / To yourself, respect.”

— Oren Arnold, newspaper editor

Christmas is getting closer and closer and every day there’s a little more hurry, hurry, hurry mixed with the ho, ho, ho. But what’s a December without hustle and bustle? And what good’s a season without a great reason?

So, let’s focus. Roughly a dozen more shopping days before Christmas day and not much money, maybe not enough to do it all. H-m-m-m-m-m-m. What to do?

Well, it’s Saturday, and there’s Christmas fun waiting to be had — the memories of such may outlast a gift. We’re listing a few things you can do and you’ll think of a few more, we’ll wager. Remember, please to smile, say “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me,” “sir” or “ma’am.” It’s just before Christmas, and we’ve got to be good.

‘Choo-Choo’ Christmas

Moms, dads, kids and cousins — it’s a fun time at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. The model trains will be running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Santa Claus will be on the caboose to talk with children. Kids, or the whole family, can get their picture taken, and, for $3, purchase photo cards for family and friends. Today’s special is story time with Miss Mary, who will be reading “The Polar Express” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Museum tours are $3 — if you’re older than 5. If you’re 5, or younger, then you can tour for free.

Oh, and of special note, the Model Railroad Club is holding a drawing for a Lionel train set worth $160. Chances are $2 each or three for $5. The drawing will be held next Saturday.

‘The Sound of Music’

The children are precious, the music delightful and it’s on our own hometown stage, produced by the Lyric Performing Arts Company. Only two performances of the 10-show run of “The Sound of Music” remain, one at 7:30 p.m. today, and the finale, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Staged at the Howard Payne University Theatre, admission is $10. Advance sales have been brisk, but tickets may be available at the door. Check the LPAC’s Web site, www.brownwoodlyric

theatre.com for information.

Drive-through Nativity

“A Road to Bethlehem,” a drive-through Nativity portraying the birth of Jesus, will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday and at the same hours Dec. 20-21, at Aldersgate Enrichment Center. Each scene has different “actors” portraying different events from the Bible leading up to Jesus’ birth. Enjoy refreshments and Christmas carols while shopping for gifts in the Aldersgate Gift Shop. Aldersgate is located on the Zephyr Highway at 5001 Highway 183/84 East, Early.

The ‘Quiet’ before Christmas

Coggin Avenue Baptist Church will host a Christmas program, “One Quiet Night,” at 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the church, 1815 Coggin Ave. Admission is free.

Toys for Kids

Today (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is the last day the Toys for Kids headquarters, 2325 Belle Plain (Candy’s Cuts Salon), will be open for parent sign-ups. No financial need statement is required, but parents are asked to bring the child’s Social Security card and their own picture identification. Donations will be accepted up to and possibly through the Dec. 20 shopping day. Financial donations can be mailed to Toys for Kids at P.O. Box 912; Brownwood, TX 76804.

By the way …

•The Zephyr Community Historical Association will be holding a year-end business meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the Zephyr Community Center to discuss the work project of assembling the Log Cabin School and scheduling future work days.

•A free marriage education class that includes a waiver for the $60 state marriage license fee will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Family Services Center, 901 Ave. B, Brownwood.

•The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

•The Heart of Texas Dance Club will not have its practice this Saturday.

•The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

•The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for more information about club events.