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Every Hilarious The Office Christmas Episode to Binge Over the Holidays
Happy Benihana Christmas!
The Office fans know that there's no Christmas quite like an Office Christmas. From Benihana waitresses to a brief rehab stint, the folks at Dunder Mifflin Scranton know how to bring out the holiday cheer in us all.
"I really liked holiday episodes; I just remember watching them and feeling like it was fun when all the shows did their Christmas and holiday specials," longtime series writer Michael Schur (who wrote the inaugural "Christmas Party" in 2005) told EW in 2017. "Paul Feig directed 'Halloween' and it went really well. It was really funny, and it was like, 'Oh, this feels like something.' It felt like the holiday episode applied to this show and this office and this group of people… it felt like it was a rich vein. So the office Christmas party was an obvious move, and I just got lucky that it happened to be my turn in the rotation when that assignment came up."
For nine seasons the Emmy-winning series followed the employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company's Scranton, PA office. It's an adaption of the original UK version from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and premiered on NBC in 2005. And fun fact? Mindy Kaling—who starred as Kelly Kapoor throughout the series and was a writer, producer, and director on the comedy—wrote four Christmas episodes. She's also named "A Benihana Christmas" as one of her Top 5 favorite episodes of all time.
So with that information under your belt, know that you can revisit every hysterically festive moment of the past. We've listed every can't miss Xmas episode below. And the best part? You can easily watch all of The Office Christmas episodes on Peacock now.
The Office Season 2, Episode 10 - "Christmas Party"
The series' first-ever Christmas episode is one that we'll never forget, with Michael Scott (Steve Carell) foiling the office's planned Secret Santa exchange for a Yankee Swap instead. The episode also included one of the most important moments in Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam's (Jenna Fischer) romance, with the reveal of a teapot Jim bought for Pam that initially contained a note from Jim that he ended up taking back before she could see it. The whereabouts of the note became a huge mystery for fans until Season 9 when Jim finally gave it to Pam and revealed he'd kept it for years.
The Office Season 3, Episode 10 & 11 - "A Benihana Christmas: Part 1 & 2"
Fresh off of a breakup, Michael quickly rebounds in hilarious fashion during this special two-part episode. After having lunch at Benihana, he and Andy (Ed Helms) bring back two waitresses as their dates to the annual Christmas party. As if that weren't enough, Pam and Karen (Rashida Jones) team up to throw a rival party to spite Angela (Angela Kinsey). But all is well in the end, especially with Angela's memorable rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" during karaoke.
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The Office Season 5, Episode 11 - "Moroccan Christmas"
With the holiday party in Phyllis' (Phyllis Smith) hands for the year, the drama was at an all time high. As Dwight was selling black market Princess Unicorn dolls from his desk, Michael staged an intervention for Meredith (Kate Flannery), whose hair caught on fire when she got a little too drunk during the festivities. He even ended up literally dragging her to rehab. And as if that wasn't enough, at the end of the episode Phyllis told the entire office that Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela were having an affair behind Andy's (aka her fiancé) back. Can someone say mess?
The Office Season 6, Episode 13 - "Secret Santa"
The office's second attempt at a Secret Santa extravaganza goes just as well as the first. A disgruntled Michael is not happy that Phyllis was tasked with dressing up as Santa instead of him. So of course he attempts to upstage her throughout the day. Meanwhile in an attempt to impress Erin (Ellie Kemper), Andy gifts her the "12 Days of Christmas," but the various flocks of live birds (a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, etc.) ruin her day.
The Office Season 7, Episode 11 & 12 - "Classy Christmas: Part 1 & 2"
In another two-part Christmas episode Michael tells Pam to scrap the initial plan and create a "classy Christmas" in honor of his ex and soulmate Holly's (Amy Ryan) return to Scranton. But he's disappointed to find out that she may be getting engaged to her boyfriend A.J. In the end, Pam reveals to Michael that Holly issued an ultimatum to A.J.: either propose by the end of the year, or they'll breakup. This offers the tiniest bit of hope to Michael.
The Office Season 8, Episode 10 - "Christmas Wishes"
"Christmas Wishes" marks The Office's first-ever Christmas party without Michael. Andy is now the boss, and brings his new girlfriend Jessica to the party. But this is awkward for Erin, who still has feelings for Andy after their breakup. She and Robert California (James Spader) end up bonding (and drinking) over their newfound singlehood, as Robert just announced he's divorcing his wife.
This episode also includes a classic Dwight scene where he, Gabe (Zach Woods), and Creed (Creed Bratton) show off some impressive air guitar moves to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Carol of the Bells."
The Office Season 9, Episode 9 - "Dwight Christmas"
In the series' final Christmas episode, Dwight takes over and introduces the office to a traditional Schrute Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. Hijinks ensue when he dresses up as an unsavory Santa-esque figured named Belsnickel, whose off-putting persona delights Jim and Pam but bemuses the rest of the staff.
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