A Very Merry Dunder Mifflin Christmas

Celebrating the Holidays with The Office


By Christine Kopaczewski

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Celebrate the holidays the Dunder Mifflin way with this official, one-of-a-kind Christmas-spectacular handbook filled with recipes, tips, and pranks inspired by one of the most popular comedy series of all time.

Season’s Greetings from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and your favorite group of Dunder Mifflin misfits. Over the course of seven iconic Christmas episodes, The Office delighted audiences everywhere with unconventional and seriously funny memories. Each December, ready to blow off a year’s worth of pent-up boredom and frustration, the hyped-up holiday party was the ultimate escape from the team’s monotonous paper-pushing gigs and the perfect recipe for chaos, love triangles, and prank wars to ensue — and they did.

In A Very Merry Dunder Mifflin Christmas, relive your favorite festive moments — like when Andy gifted Erin the twelve days of Christmas — get tips on planning your own seasonal soiree like Angela and Phyllis, host the holidays like the Schrutes, prank your friends like Jim, Pam, and Dwight, and settle in for a round of Yankee Swap. This official licensed guide is an epic look back at all the ways Michael and his workmates at Dunder Mifflin made the most of their holiday seasons. The Office is a trademark and copyright of Universal Content Productions LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.



If Jim and Dwight are up to their old pranks again, if Michael is committing another party faux pas, it must be the holidays at Dunder Mifflin. Ahead are crib notes to all seven unforgettable Christmas episodes and a Dunder Mifflin Christmas quiz to test your Office knowledge.


Christmas Party


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.”

The first of the Christmas episodes set the tone for the seasons of holiday hilarity that followed. Without consulting the almighty Party Planning Committee, Michael decides to arrange a Secret Santa for everyone to participate in. Although there’s a $20 limit on all Secret Santa gifts, Michael blatantly ignores the rules and splurges on a video iPod (dropping at least $400) for Ryan.

Jim is excited to learn that he’s gotten Pam as his Secret Santa and fills a teapot with meaningful trinkets and a card revealing his feelings for her. Dwight, decked out as one of Santa’s elves, gathers the group around the tree to get the festivities started. However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Michael is furious to find that he’s received a handmade oven mitt from Phyllis. In hopes of getting a gift more suited to his taste, he insists that the group play Yankee Swap.

Dwight: “Yankee Swap is like Machiavelli meets… Christmas.”

Things continue to spiral when gifts suited specifically for one person, like a nameplate engraved with KELLY (obviously meant for Kelly Kapoor) and Jim’s special teapot for Pam, are being shifted around from colleague to colleague, all trying to trade up for Michael’s iPod.

Michael: “Everyone wants the iPod. It’s a huge hit. It is almost a Christmas miracle.”

In the end, Pam claims the iPod as her own and Jim is distraught to find that Dwight has taken the teapot to clean out his sinuses. Pam, however, has a change of heart when her fiancé Roy tells her that he was going to get her an iPod for Christmas anyway and is out of good gift ideas. She trades and gets the teapot back from Dwight, telling Jim that she did so because of all the effort he put in to spare his feelings.

Michael: “I want people to cut loose. I want people making out in closets. I want people hanging from the ceilings, lamp shades on the heads. I want it to be a Playboy Mansion party. And also I want you to spread the word that I will have my digital camera. And I’ll be taking pictures all along the way.”

Meanwhile, Michael is annoyed by the night’s turn of events, and buys 15 bottles of vodka, despite a strict alcohol-free party policy. The entire group (minus Angela) drinks and is merry, until a very intoxicated Meredith flashes Michael.

Kevin: “Why did you get it so big?”

Michael: “A, that’s what she said, and B, I wanted it to be impressive. The 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.”

Benihana Christmas


Michael: “This is an old adage, but they say when you find true love, you know within the first 24 hours. With Carol, I knew within the first 24 minutes of the second day I met her.”

Season 3’s holiday gathering hits a bit of a snag when Michael is suddenly dumped by his girlfriend, Carol. Lonely and stuck with a romantic couples getaway to Sandals (Michael’s gift to Carol), he mopes around the office all day—until Andy moves into action to put a smile back on Michael’s face. His fix? A trip to Benihana. Andy and Jim insist that Michael accompany them to what they fondly call “Japanese Hooters,” and hilarity follows.

Andy and Michael spend their time drinking nog-a-sakes and flirting with the waitresses, while Dwight regales the chef with his knowledge of Japanese knives.

Ryan: “I miss the days when there was only one party I didn’t want to go to.”

Back at the office, things aren’t so copacetic. There’s an uprising among the Party Planning Committee and a new committee forms—the Committee to Plan Parties, run by Pam and Karen. Dueling party themes divide the office. Angela has planned a classic Nutcracker theme, complete with sweets, treats, and a Tchaikovsky soundtrack, and forces Phyllis into giving her a hand.

Kevin: “I think I’ll go to Angela’s party, because that’s the party I know.”

Meanwhile, Pam and Karen have planned a Margarita and Karaoke Christmas, naturally the more popular theme for the Dunder Mifflin group. While the tequila and good times flow, Pam starts to feel slightly guilty about outshining Angela’s event. She asks to merge parties, and after a little convincing, Angela agrees.

Dwight: [to Pam and Karen] “You must turn over to me all Christmas decorations and party paraphernalia immediately that will be returned to you on January 4.”


On Sale
Oct 6, 2020
Page Count
112 pages
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Christine Kopaczewski

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Christine Kopaczewski has had her work published by Good Housekeeping, Philadelphia magazine, Business Insider, PureWow, and Yahoo. She lives in Bucks County, PA, with her husband, daughter, and two Scottish Terriers.

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