“. . . Say ‘Yessum’ to the ladies, and ‘Yessur’ to the men, / An’ when they’s company, don’t pass yer plate for pie again; / But, thinkin’ of the things yer’d like to see upon that tree, / Jest ’fore Christmas be as good as yer kin be!”

— From “Jest ’fore Christmas” by Eugene Field

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

December already? And now, that the little once-every-so-often extra week between Thanksgiving and the beginning of December is past, the season can officially begin.

It’s not too late to start being good, of course. No more pouting, shouting or other sorts of misbehaving. Just be nice, OK? Be mindful of the pleases and thank you’s, be careful to smile and be patient just like you know you should be.

But surely there’s plenty to do. Lights to string, trees to decorate. There’s planning, and baking, shopping, and maybe there will be time to watch “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Whatever the schedule, take time to enjoy all the things there are to do and see throughout the special season. Christmas comes but once a year, whether you are ready or not. But isn’t it fun when every one and everything is very merry and bright?

Today’s schedule has a fine sampling of “jest ’fore Christmas” things to do and places to go that help the season get off to a very bright start.

Railroad crossing

It’s Brown County’s premiere model train club meeting and today’s the day. Volunteers have been working all week building platforms and setting model train tracks at the Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. One day, the museum could have one of the most extensive model train displays in Texas or elsewhere, but for now, everything’s just getting started. If you want to get on board, be at the museum, 700 E. Adams in Brownwood at 10:30 a.m.

Toys for Kids

The annual Toys for Kids program is up and running and volunteers are needed. Hours to drop off toys, or, for parents or guardians to apply for Christmas gifts for their children are 9:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, until Dec. 20. The shopping day is planned for Dec. 22 at the Toys for Kids headquarters at 2325 Belle Plain. Those wishing to make financial donations may send a check or money order to Toys for Kids at P.O. Box 912, Brownwood, TX 76804.

St. Jude benefit

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. on the first three Saturdays in December.

Aldersgate Live Nativity

Aldersgate Enrichment Center is hosting a live Nativity scene, for guests to drive by from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday. Refreshments will be served at the gift shop. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted. Directors and associates will be at the gate, at 5000 E. Highway 84-183 to direct guests’ route.

Various and sundry

Texas Bank of Bangs is having a Christmas Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 501 East Hall in Bangs. More than 40 area artists and craftsmen will be there. For more information, call LaFreda Kilburn at 752-6025. A country fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the old Desdemona school house. A home-cooked breakfast and lunch will be served, and Santa will visit. The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church, on the corner of Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information. 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 Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. and a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Dance and listen to the music of George Allison and Friends. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Cost is $4 per person. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926.