For those who are convinced the shortest weeks of the year always fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the calendar provides something of a break this year. With the first day of November having been on a Thursday, Thanksgiving could not have come any earlier. More than a week has passed since our turkeys were carved, and it’s not even December — yet.

But the bad news is that December is that the month changes tomorrow, and if the mad dash to Dec. 25 hasn’t already started in your household, it’s about to begin.

For any still waiting to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to downtown Brownwood this evening should take care of that. The annual Magic High-Lights of Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. today, and Downtown Brownwood Inc. will offer a variety of events beginning at 5 p.m. for people of all ages. A special treat is in store after the parade, at approximately 7:15 p.m., when the Lyric Theatre will be the backdrop for audiences to hear the Vocal Ensemble from Brownwood High School perform Christmas carols. Following that performance, the classic movie “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” will be shown.

The additional days shoppers are allowed this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas means more time to do all the things families want to do, and the things that perhaps they have to do, while still leaving a few days to reflect on the spiritual meaning of the season. If you’re not following a high school football team tonight, downtown Brownwood is the place to be.

Brownwood Bulletin