It's no surprise this week, the first for December 2012, features several Christmas-themed events. But, forgive our ignorance: What's "Downton Abbey?"
- 'World Roundup:' The FDU Public Affairs Lecture Series continues Monday at 2:15 p.m. at the Morris Museum with Ralph Buultjens, adjunct professor for the Center for Global Affairs at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. $10 for walk-ins.
- Meetings, Meetings, Meetings: Whether you're in Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains, there's government work to be done and to observe this week. Morristown: Morristown Parking Authority, Tuesday, 5 p.m.; Zoning Board of Adjustment, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Planning Board, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (among agenda items at this meeting is the recently-introduced CVS plan); Morris Township: Planning Board, Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Morris Plains: Borough Council, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
- It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at MPAC: At least a pair of performances this week would indicate as much. Whether it's Dave Koz & Friends presenting "A Smooth Jazz Christmas" on Wednesday or Paul Anka doing "Christmas: My Way" on Thursday, you have yuletide options.
- Get Your Music at Noon—at 12:15: That's when flutist Carla Auld will present on Thursday a 30-minute recital of seasonal favorites and American folktunes. The music is free, a light lunch selection will cost $7.
- What the Heck is 'Downton Abbey?' If you're asking that, or already know and want to spread the love, head to the Morristown and Morris Township Library at 7 p.m. Thursday for "Tempest in a Teapot: An Introduction to all of the Buzz of Downton Abbey." Period costume encouraged, but not required.