Brian’s picks

National Christian pop music veteran Michael O’Brien brings a different approach to his Christmas concerts. His song “The Story” interweaves verses from “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “What Child Is This?” and “Mary Did You Know?” That tune is expected to be in his set list when he performs free concerts at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Information:

Call me old-fashioned, but would it be entirely too dweeby to suggest gathering the kids or a friend or two and simply driving through Columbus enjoying the Christmas lights? It can be a great time to beat holiday stress, to admire others’ creativity and ingenuity and maybe even to calculate your neighbors’ humongous electric bill. Plus, it’s free.