Sunday, November 28, 2010

30 Days of Christmas: 'The Office'...

The Office is known for all kinds of party episodes—from the small, like St Patrick’s Day, to the made up, like the Dundie Awards—but they seem to do Christmas best. In season two, they started the tradition with “Christmas Party”, in which the gang takes part in a game of Secret Santa. It all should go fine…but Michael (Steve Carell) is involved, so obviously things get out of hand. Quite frankly, it is this episode that made My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture dread ever having to play this game again, yet still wish for a large enough group to get to play it, all at the same time!

First, Michael spends too much on the gift, and then he gets mad that the gift given to him is homemade and lame, so he turns Secret Santa into Dirty Santa or Yankee Swap or White Elephant or whatever that gift swapping game is called where you’re from. This episode also manages to have a very sweet moment between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer), though, despite the craziness surrounding them.

The other must see Office holiday episode is “Moroccan Christmas” from season 5, in which the gang decides to hold an intervention for Meredith after she sets herself on fire. This episode also features Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) blackmailing Angela (Angela Kinsey) to get control of the party planning committee. It’s the little things that make one happy that mean the most, right?

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