The Office

Season 2 Episode 10

Christmas Party

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Michael hosts a Christmas party at the office, but somehow manages to decrease the holiday cheer when he changes the arranged secret Santa pairs to a game of "Yankee Swap," where everyone gives their pre-bought presents to a different, random worker. To boost morale, Michael introduces vodka shots while the others compete for an iPod, Jim hopes that his sentimental present, meant for Pam, doesn't end up with Dwight, and Angela becomes enraged about Michael's party changes.moreless

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  • It's an Office Christmas

    This was a wonderful and delightful episode. This is an episode that gets better with time. Again we see Michael trying to make an event about himself while trying not to sound selfish. There were many good moments in this episode. The gifts that Jim gave to Pam was probably the best gifts of all the gifts. I liked the callback to Jim's party with his party with the photo. I also liked how eager that Dwight was when Michael was opening his gift. Another funny Michael moments are when he was trying to get rid of Phylis's gift. I also liked it when Darryl was in Michael's office and Michael said that Dwight had "elfish features. The reaction of Daryl was priceless. In this episode we see more into the characters of Angela and Creed. I love it how Creed just admits that he took his gift to Jim was something literally thrown together. The only weird moment is when Kelly kissed Dwight. Overall there were many good moments in this episode. This was an episode that you appreciate more when you watch more of the series.moreless
  • 210

    One of the best and most memorable episodes of the Office. If not the best episode of the Office. Everything about this episode was absolutely hysterical, you'll laugh the whole way through, I guarantee it.

    I think this is the point I really started to like Angela as a character. She stole the show, from crying over Michael changing Secret Santa, to having a mental breakdown in the parking lot after she sees Kelly kiss Dwight. Just a hilarious episode for her, you'll appreciate her character more after this episode.

    Phyllis crying because Michael hated her present was another highlight and then we've got some definite Jim & Pam development along the way. When Jim gives Pam a teapot, she eventually gets the iPod but then trades it back. Then Meredith flashing Michael in the end, another under appreciated character that becomes appreciable in this episode. Just a great episode overall, full of laughs, amazing development, and amazing with the character's interactions.moreless
  • Yankee Christmas?

    Yankee Christmas? That spells disaster. It's Christmas time for The Office workers, and their Christmas party wouldn't be complete without a Secret Santa gift exchange. There's a $20 limit, but because Michael fired someone this year, he got a huge bonus: $3,000. With money, he bought his Secret Santa recipient, Ryan, a video iPod. So when the gift exchange gets underway, Michael gets his gift from Phyllis. Hand-knit oven mitts. He's "hurt" because it's a "crappy" gift. He goes on a rant about how Ryan got an awesome gift and he got a sucky one. Thus, Yankee Swap, Dirty Christmas, whatever, begins. Not good. No one really likes it. But in the end, Pam gets the sweet, sentimental eclection of trinkets Jim put together for her in a cute little tea pot he knew she wanted. :) (And Dwight gets the iPod.) All in all, great episode. Everyone was decently happy in the end. :Pmoreless
  • probbably the best office episode

    The office staffers hold a "Secret Santa" gift exchange at their Christmas party. Jim got Pam's name for the first time this year, and puts a great deal of effort into getting her the perfect gift. Michael buys a video iPod as his gift, exceeding the $20 limit. He is disappointed by the handmade item he receives from Phyllis and introduces a "Yankee Swap", where someone can choose to steal someone else's gift or open a new one. Jim is left feeling uncertain about the fate of his special present for Pam while the staff guns for Michael's gift. Michael disobeys company policy by buying an obscene amount of alcohol for the Christmas party.moreless
  • Few shows are clever enough to shed and episode so dynamic and funny as this one. A true classic.

    When I first saw The Office (not so long ago) I had an impression of something I have never seen before. And lets face it, we're sick of sitcoms that are so alike than no one really cares if there's a new one with that guy from Seinfeld or that chick from The Nanny. This documentary footage of an office christmas party is hilarious. Stve Carrell is a rue genius in this one and the writters did a hell of a job delivering such funny scene on the gift exchange. It was just one laugh after another and so on. A perfect 10!moreless
Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

Liquor Store Cashier

Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Leslie David Baker

Leslie David Baker

Stanley Hudson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Kelly gets drunk, she corners Dwight and kisses him. In the second episode of the first season, Dwight declared that he was sexually attracted to Indian women, implying Kelly. Four episodes later, we learn that Kelly is obsessed with getting a boyfriend but is painfully shy. Dwight, however, hooked up with Angela in the previous episode, who is evidently angry at Kelly.

    • The poster of babies dressed up as adults which Toby bought for Angela reappears in "Conflict Resolution" as the catalyst for an argument between Angela and Oscar, and then a day of confrontations between employees, instigated by Michael. Ironically it is Toby, as HR director, whose job it is to deal with conflicts.

    • When Jim is trying to convince Dwight to give him the teapot to give to Pam as a gift, the teapot is out of the shrink wrap. Later, Dwight is examining what is inside the pot. When Pam recieves it and shows it to Jim, it is still in the shrink wrap.

    • One of the presents being exchanged (repeatedly) was a Video iPod. This episode aired on the same day that NBC announced that The Office episodes can be downloaded for $1.99 onto a Video iPod.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Ryan: Angela drafted me into the party planning committee. Her memo said that we need to prepare for every possible disaster, which to me seems excessive.

    • Phyllis: Everyone, this is my boyfriend, Bob.
      Kevin: Kevin Malone.
      Bob Vance: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
      Stanley: Stanley Hudson.
      Bob Vance: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
      Ryan: Ryan Howard.
      Bob Vance: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
      Ryan: So, what line of work you in, Bob?

    • (Kelly kisses Dwight)
      Dwight: What are you doing?!
      Kelly: I don't know.
      Dwight: You shouldn't do things like that. A man is supposed to do that.

    • Roy: (About the video iPod) I was gonna get you one of these for Christmas. Now I don't have to. It'll save a bunch of money.
      Pam: What are you going to get me instead?
      Roy: I don't know... a sweater?

    • Dwight: "A real man makes his own luck." Billy Zane, Titanic.

    • Michael: (About his oven mitt) So Phyllis is basically saying, "hey, Michael, I know you did a lot to help the office this year, but I only care about you a homemade oven mitt's worth."

    • Kelly: (About the baby poster meant for Angela) That's, like, the creepiest thing I've ever seen.

    • Jim: (about Yankee Swap) I thought that it was called "Nasty Christmas."
      Pam: We call it "White Elephant."
      Michael: Well, I call it fun.

    • Ryan: (About the iPod) Isn't there a 20 dollar limit? This is 400 bucks.
      Michael: You don't know that.
      Ryan: Yeah, you left the price tag on.

    • Michael: I want people to cut loose. I want people making out in closets. I want people hanging from the ceiling, lampshades on their heads. I want this to be a Playboy mansion party.

    • Michael: Merry Christmas! (pointing to three of the women, and then Ryan) Ho! Ho! Ho! Pimp!

    • Michael: Stupid corporate! Wet blankets…it's not like booze ever killed anyone.

    • Angela: (About the change from Secret Santa to Yankee Swap) Michael should have asked the party planning committee first. He shouldn't just spring things on us like this. (After a pause, she starts to cry)

    • Michael: Christmas is awesome. First of all you got to spend time with people you love. Secondly, you can get drunk and no-one can say anything. Third you give presents. What's better than giving presents? And fourth, getting presents. So four things. Not bad for one day. It's really the greatest day of all time.

    • Kevin: I want the footbath. (In a voiceover) That's the thing I bought myself. I'm really psyched to use it. (Thinking) Maybe I should've taken the iPod...(pausing) Oh, shoot!

    • Kevin: What are we going to do with this hacked off part?
      Michael: Well, that is a perfectly good mini tree, Kevin. And we are going to sell that to charity. That's what Christmas is all about.

    • Store clerk: It comes to $166.41
      Michael: Alright, you're the expert…tell me, is this enough to get 20 people plastered?
      Store clerk: 15 bottles of vodka? Yeah, that should do it.

    • Dwight: Yankee Swap is like Machiavelli meets...Christmas.

    • Michael: Happy birthday, Jesus — sorry your party's so lame.

    • Kevin: (About the Christmas tree) Why'd you get it so big?
      Michael: Well, A) that's what she said, and B) I wanted it to be impressive. Biggest day of the year deserves the biggest tree of the year.
      Kevin: But what are we going to do with this hacked off part?
      Michael: Well, that is a perfectly good mini tree Kevin, and we are going to sell that to charity. That's what Christmas is all about.

    • Kevin: I got myself for Secret Santa. I was supposed to tell somebody, but I didn't. (smiles)

    • Toby: I got Angela. She's into these posters of babies dressed as adults. I got her one of those. It felt kinda weird buying that.

    • Michael: It was a tough year. I had to fire somebody this year. Yeesh. This party has to really rock. Check it out - Christmas bonus: 3000 Gs. I got this for helping save the company money. So I guess some good came out of firing Devon after all. Maybe I should call him, tell him that.

    • Meredith: The deal is that this is my last hurrah 'cause I made a New Year's resolution that I'm not going to drink anymore...during the week.

    • Michael: Reverse psychology is an awesome tool. I don't know if you guys know about it, but basically you make someone think the opposite of what you believe. And that tricks them into doing something stupid. Works like a charm.

    • Michael: Presents are the best way to show someone you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say, "Hey man, I love you this many dollars worth."

  • NOTES (7)

    • The German episode title is "Weihnachtsfeier", the French title is "La Fête de Noël", and the Spanish title is "La Fiesta de Navidad", all exact translations. The Italian title is "Spirito natalizio", meaning "Christmas Spirit".

    • Music: "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC

    • David Rogers was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series category and Michael Schur in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category for their work on this episode.

    • DVD commentary: Jim's dorky yearbook picture is actually a photo of a young John Krasinski.

    • During the scene where Angela throws the Christmas ornaments at the wall, they did not break during filming, so Angela Kinsey (who plays Angela Martin) improvised stomping on them.

    • Phyllis Smith, who plays Phyllis Lapin, forced crying in between filming scenes to stay in character.

    • As the episode was filmed over three days, the food seen at the party quickly grew aged and stale. This is why very little eating is seen at the party.