“That’s the whole deal with Christmas, I guess.  It’s just real life – only a lot more of it all at once than usual. And I suppose we will continue doing it all.  Get frenzied and confused and frustrated and even mad. And also get excited and hopeful and quietly pleased. We will laugh and cry and pout and ponder.  Hug and kiss and make a great mess. Spend too much. . . As always, we will sing only some of the verses and most of those off-key. We will do it again and again and again. We are the Christmas pageant – the whole durn thing.”

– Robert Fulghum

    Are you watching out? Remembering not to pout? Less than two weeks to go until Christmas and it’s best to bet that the list makers are more likely to reward the nice over the naughty.

    Of course we’re not saying gift giving is a conditional thing. Why, we would never … We are suggesting, however, for your own good, that the happy soul with a clear conscience sleeps better and skips through life a little easier. And generally speaking, Christmas or not, the high road’s the right road.

    Still folks, the fact remains Christmas is getting mighty close. That means there’s lots of excitement in the air and fun, special for the season, things to do. Car rides to see the Christmas lights, secret shopping trips and hopes and plans to make the day “merry and bright.”

    Everybody’s a part of the process. So, as you’re out and about today, remember to smile and merrily greet those you meet. Meanwhile, we’ve put a few things on our list, and we hope you’ll do them too.

Make it a ‘Choo Choo’ Christmas

    We think you will, we think you will, we think you will … enjoy a trip to The Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. Both today and next Saturday, Santa Claus will be in the Kress Depot to talk with children and photo opportunities will be available for that special gift for family and friends or your Christmas card.

    Also, model railroad club members will be running all of the model layouts and toy trains each Saturday and today Railroad Mama will read a couple railroad books picked especially for the younger crowd. The stories will be fun, short and just right for the little ones.

    Remember, too, the model railroad club is holding a drawing for a Lionel train set worth $160. Chances are $2 each or three for $5 and the drawing will be held on Dec. 19, just in time for a Christmas present.

    Admission for the museum each Saturday in December $2 per person age 5 and older, and kiddies younger than 5 get in for free.

HPU Heritage Singers

    The eighth annual Service of Lessons and Carols presented by Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers will be presented at 8 p.m. at at St. John’s Church. The service is free and open to the public. Through scripture readings and music, the service reflects on the wonder and mystery of the birth of Jesus. The scriptures will be read by members of HPU’s faculty and staff. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and with the exception of 1930, has been broadcast annually, even during World War II, when the ancient glass had been removed from the Chapel. Heritage Singers is under the direction of Monte Garrett, director of choral activities, and accompanied by organist Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music and artist in residence.

Road to Bethlehem

    Aldersgate Enrichment Center associates and staff will pose in a live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. and all are invited to drive through and reflect on the scenes of the first Christmas set up on the center’s grounds between Early and Zephyr, off Highway 84-183 East .

Well, you can’t see Kay today

    A reception scheduled today in Brownwood for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been canceled because of the Senate’s plans to meet through the weekend to continue debate a health care reform bill. The event has not as yet been rescheduled.

And by the way

    • The Brown County Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

    • A reunion of those who attended Logan Valley Baptist Church or “Rock Church” will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Blanket Lions Club building on Main Street. Bring your family, your memories, pictures and a snack food like chips, dips or cookies.

    • 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 information about club events.