We've reached another milestone in this season of lasts – the final Christmas episode of The Office. It may not have secret love notes or Michael marking his date on the arm but it did have Belsnikel and Toby cornering Nellie with the Scranton Strangler saga and drunk Darryl falling face-first into a buffet table. There was even a subplot centered around the best Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard. In fact, I can't think of one false note in Dwight Christmas. It was sentimental without being sappy, made good use of the entire ensemble and, best of all, it was funny. To quote Jim, "It was the perfect last Christmas party."

With Jim's new job in Philly starting, it was his last Christmas party too, and you can't blame him for wanting a spectacle. So, despite suggestions of tropical Christmas, topless Christmas and something Creed calls "tapas Swiss Miss" (Spanish tapas and Swiss Miss hot cocoa, naturally), Jim lobbied for Dwight's Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. And with Pam's help on the party planning committee, it won out. In case you haven't already googled it, yes, Belsnickel really is a thing. The Wikipedia entry has even been updated to include a reference to this episode. Whoever it was on the writing staff that discovered this little nugget of German holiday tradition deserves some kind of medal. The switch is even part of it. Dwight wasn't kidding when he said it was the role he was born to play. Read More...


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