“And he puzzled and puzzled ’til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

— Dr. Seuss

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and, by Texas standards, it even kind of feels that way.

Oh, pish tosh, we can’t even imagine a white Christmas, and we’re not going there with this today. (If you remember, though, last Easter it was pretty close to snowing. What does that tell you about Texas weather for goodness sake?) But Jack Frost nipping at our toes? Why just last Wednesday, it seemed really frosty out and a nip was in the air.

It could happen again and very well may today.

But friends and readers, the countdown is clear. Need to be wrapping up the shopping, and, if the decorating’s not done, you might want to just wait until next year now. But be busy with glad chores, so the kindness you share makes a fine memory for others on this earthly trail.

Looks like a few things made the calendar for today.

If in your heart sounds the strains of “Peace on the earth, good will toward men,” then perhaps you’ll join like minds at the Adams Street Community Center for the Veterans for Peace event. Otherwise, if the little one hasn’t had an up close and personal conversation with Santa, he’s out again today — loose on the caboose.

Benefit for fireman

The Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department is holding a donation only hamburger supper for David Howard from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Zephyr School Cafeteria.

Howard, chief of the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department, sustained second degree burns to his face and hands while fighting a large grass fire Dec. 2 near Zephyr.

A fund has been established at the Mid-Tex Federal Credit Union to assist Howard, his wife and two children with medical, travel and Christmas expenses. The fund is called the David Howard Benefit.

The fire was about 4 miles south of Zephyr.

Howard was driving a brush truck at the head of the fire when the truck’s engine and pump quit at the same time, and the wind blew the fire back on him.

Veterans for Peace

Two U.S. military veterans, former Marine Doug Zachary and Hart Viges, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army in Iraq, will deliver a program for the Veterans for Peace organization, titled “Swords Into Plowshares: The Case for Peace in a War-Weary World,” at 3 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center. A question and answer period and time of open discussion will follow the speakers program. Refreshments will be furnished by the Brownwood Human Rights Committee. Contact Brad Confer, event coordinator, at 643-4891 for more information.

All aboard with Santa Claus

Just like the Saturdays before, the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (It is by the way open throughout the holidays Tuesday through Saturday, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)

But it’s only on Saturday, that Santa’s there, and available for photos, on the caboose. Prints are $3 each.

“For Christmas gifts, we have stocked our gift shop with small children’s gifts,” museum curator Mary Irving said. “We also have photographic prints and note cards, which can be used as Christmas cards, for sale. And we have now commissioner postcards, note cards and prints of a beautiful original painting of the Brownwood Depot and Harvey House.”

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under age 5 are admitted free.

Information about the museum is available by calling 643-6376.

Angel Food Distributions

Today is the distribution day for Angel Food Ministries at two church locations:

For those who placed orders at the Family Life Center of the Early United Methodist Church, 1073 Early Blvd., pick up time will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the same location. Remember to bring one large box for carrying your food. Orders not picked up will be donated. The January menu will be available and orders may be placed at this time. For those who placed their December menu orders at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second St., pick up will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at that church.

Pizza and a Coke

Domino’s Pizza at 1012-B Coggin Ave. will offer a slice of pizza and a canned Coke to those who make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A Coca-Cola trailer will be in place in front of the store from noon to 5 p.m.

Chance to dance

The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. for open dance practice each Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, on the corner of Main and Depot. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

Covered dish at Harbor Point

The North Lake Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a community covered dish supper at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 760 at Harbor Point. Santa will be available to visit with children. Bring a covered dish, and there’s no admission charge.

Lake Lions’ activities

It’s b-i-n-g-o by day and music at night at the Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279.

The bingo games start at 1:30 p.m., then, from 6 to 10 p.m. the Lions are hosting a country musical. Folks are invited to come listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. The snack bar will be open serving our homemade ice cream and hamburgers, but, of course, no alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building.

Various and sundry

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North 3rd Street. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926.