“Christmas … when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on their journeys.”

— Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

’Tis the Saturday before Christmas, and all through the county, folks are out shopping, buying gifts for the bounty. Activities done usually all around town, aren’t happening today — the schedule is down.

Oh there’s one last chance with Santa, he’s on the caboose, and a Christmas dance fund-raiser, if you want to cut loose. But mostly it’s nothing, you’re on your own, a whirlwind of errands while time past us has flown. And here at the newspaper, the hour also is short. I guess it’s a good thing, with so little to report.

But hear us exclaim, or at least read what we write: “Merry Christmas to all, and to all, please, be polite.”

Santa’s final photo op

Last call for boys and girls, naughty or nice, who need to get their wish list covered with Santa. He’ll be at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today, and then will be rounding up the reindeer for his annual all-nighter delivering toys. The museum is at the corner of Adams and Washington. The photo op will set you back three bucks, but, there’s lots of great things to see while you’re there, and, if you’re shopping for some last minute gift items, you may find some great gifts.

A chance to dance

UNITI — that stands for United Neighborhood Involved to Improve — is holding a Christmas dance as a fund-raiser for the community service organization at the Days Inn Remington Room. James Butler and The Kool Show Band from Dallas is the featured band. Music starts at 9 p.m. and won’t end until 1 a.m. Sunday. There is a per person admission charge of $20 at the door.

Lions’ share of fun

The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m., then, from 6 until 10 p.m., will host a country musical. Everyone’s invited to come out and listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. 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.

Few last items

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 noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.