Scene: The Other Half's admin office.
THE OTHER HALF: You're paying us early this month, right?
ANONYMOUS SECRETARY: That's right, what with it being Christmas and all.
TOH: Does that mean there's a different deadline to normal on when I can hand in my expenses forms?
AS: 'Fraid so.
TOH: So when is it?
AS: We haven't decided.
AS: Nope. It's probably before today, though.