Tomorrow evening we are going downtown to check out the Christmas decorations and have dinner. I'm trying to find a decent place for dinner with the family.
I'm (actually my daughters are) willing to trade a little chowishness for the festive atmosphere, but I'm not willing to lose all sensibility just because there is a Christmas tree.
Years ago my default place after holiday shopping was Hamburger Hamlet on Walton. Good burgers and great atmosphere. Dark wood panelling, fireplace, thousands of white lights, and always a lively crowd.