"What's on the buffet tonight?"
"Same old, same old."
When we are all present and accounted for, the waitress takes our orders. She has already placed our drinks in front of us, because she knows exactly that it will be two waters with lemon, a lemonade, and an iced tea.
There was something new though, but not on the buffet. The Christmas tree is up! Shortly before we were finished with our meal and the conversation, Mike and Sally, co-workers of mine in a life long ago, entered and were seated at the table next. Greetings, pleasantries and a bit of chit-chat. Then as we were rising from table ready to depart, BBBH said to Sally, "Shopping done yet?" The look on Sally's face was precious. You have heard the expression, "Her jaw dropped." Truth. Sally's jaw literally dropped.
So I sweetened it a bit by saying, "Such a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Can you believe it is only 21 days until Christmas?"
Sally retorted, "I have no idea who was responsible for making that arrangement, but I can tell you one thing. It was a man."
and the religious symbols of Christmas peacefully co-existing.