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"Classy Christmas" is the fifth Christmas episode of the NBC sitcom The Office (based on the BBC series of the same name), produced and aired as the eleventh and twelfth of the show's seventh season.


Michael couldn't be happier when Toby takes a leave of absence to go on jury duty for the Scranton Strangler trial, leaving corporate to send Holly to cover for him. Michael forces Pam to plan a second, classier Christmas party on the day Holly returns to Scranton. Michael welcomes Holly back with open arms but becomes upset when she tells him that she and A.J. have settled in together. She then tells the women of the office that she's giving A.J. an ultimatum: that he either proposes by year's end or their relationship is over. Michael lies to her and tells her that he's seeing a woman named Tara from New York, and she shows curiosity, but he interprets this as potential jealousy.

When Michael gets further upset over hearing about Holly's relationship with A.J., he takes her Woody toy from Toy Story, a present from A.J., throws it in the trash, and pours his coffee on it. When Holly demands to know who did so, Michael comes forward and admits that he's upset that she didn't want to try a long distance relationship with him yet she's willing to try one with A.J. He also confesses that he planned the (second) Christmas party just for her and then goes back to his office, heartbroken. She tries to follow him and explain, but Erin prevents her because of his hurt feelings. The rest of the staff (notably Erin and Kevin) look down on her. A.J. arrives in Scranton to surprise her, and Michael welcomes him politely even though he claims to be "dead inside". After cleaning her Woody, he leaves the office and Pam follows him out, where he breaks down. She lifts his spirits when she mentions Holly's ultimatum, suggesting their relationship is not going to last very long. He returns to the party where he overhears Holly and A.J. talking about her dirty Woody, with Holly fabricating a story to cover for Michael's actions. In addition, when A.J. asked why the office was acting so mean to them, Holly said that it was because of the whole Scranton Strangler incident, which made the office edgy.

Darryl is upset that his daughter, Jada, would rather spend Christmas with her mother than him. He says that she can sit on Santa's lap if she comes to the office party, but Michael had dressed as his own alternative, "classy" version of Santa to impress Holly. Pam and Andy try to find fun activities for Jada but Andy ends up ruining most of them. Darryl then takes her to the break room, where she is impressed with the snacks in the vending machines. They take them out and hand them to employees. When she hands one to Michael, he decides to dress up as Santa again so she can tell him what she wants for Christmas as Holly looks on with admiration.

Pam says that Jim always gets her great Christmas gifts, so she wants to give him one from her. She creates a hand-drawn comic book about him who gets attacked by a radioactive bear and takes its powers. She asks for others' opinions before giving it to him, but most of them give her pretty harsh critiques. He gives her a beautiful bracelet and he is equally amazed at the comic book she gives him.

Angela brings her new boyfriend, State Senator Robert Lipton, to the party. Oscar is immediately interested in him and identifies him as gay (but only in a talking-head interview). Later on, Oscar catches Robert casting a furtive glance at Ryan's butt and looks at the camera knowingly.

Erin, continuing with the trend of seeing Michael as her father figure, is not impressed with Holly in person after he spoke so highly of her. She tells the cameras that she does not understand why Holly is considered attractive and angrily stands in Holly's way when Holly tries to chase after Michael following his breakdown.

Jim agrees to a snowball fight with Dwight after his dismissive comment about the "dusting" of snow leads Jim to peg him with a snowball. When he is first challenged outside, he eventually finds the doors chained and Dwight emerging from a snowman, throwing multiple snowballs at him and leaving him with a bloody nose. He is later caught off guard when Dwight disguises himself as Pam at her desk and hits him with another barrage of snowballs (Dwight reveals he has wigs to impersonate everyone in the office, including Meredith, Kevin, and Stanley). Jim tries to get him back by hurling one at Dwight with a lacrosse stick, but ends up breaking a window, after which he is reprimanded by Michael and Holly with Dwight present. After getting tricked again by Dwight with a gift trap (he supposedly thought it was from Pam), he waves a white flag, but Dwight refuses his surrender unless he throws a snowball at Pam's face with Dwight watching, which he refuses to do. At the end of the day, Jim is too afraid to go outside, but Pam walks with him. They go out to find multiple snowmen, and he attacks them all hoping to find Dwight. Dwight, however, is on the roof, claiming that the most powerful snowball in a snowball fight is fear, and smilingly wishes the camera "Merry Christmas" before the episode ends.


The episode was included on The Office: Season 7 DVD set, released on September 6, 2011. It was also featured on The Office: Complete Christmas Collection DVD and Blu-ray in 2023.


Actor/actress Character
Steve Carell Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak Ryan Howard
Ed Helms Andy Bernard
Leslie David Baker Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner Kevin Malone
Creed Bratton Self
Kate Flannery Meredith Palmer
Mindy Kaling Kelly Kapoor
Ellie Kemper Erin Hannon
Angela Kinsey Angela Martin
Paul Lieberstein Toby Flenderson
Oscar Nunez Oscar Martinez
Craig Robinson Darryl Philbin
Phyllis Smith Phyllis Vance
Zach Woods Gabe Lewis
Amy Ryan Holly Flax
Rob Huebel AJ
Jack Coleman State Sen. Lipton
Taylar Hollomon Jada
Jonathan Pintoff Bassist
Mark Proksch Nate

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External links

Universal Studios
Movies Silent Night, Lonely Night1941Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe Munsters' Scary Little ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)Love ActuallyThe HolidayThe Best Man HolidayKrampusAlmost ChristmasThe Grinch (2018)Last ChristmasBlack Christmas (2019)
Direct-to-video films The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausBarbie in a Christmas CarolCurious George: A Very Monkey ChristmasBarbie: A Perfect ChristmasBeethoven's Christmas AdventureAll I Want for Christmas is YouMy Adventures with Santa
Live-action television episodes "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas…" • "Christmas Presence" • "Home for the Holidays" • "Yule Laff" • "Christmas Brains" • "Seoul Mates" • "A Christmas Secret" • "Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" • "A Benihana Christmas" • "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" • "Moroccan Christmas" • "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" • "Ludachristmas" • "Christmas Special" • "Secret Santa (30 Rock) • "Christmas Attack Zone" • "Secret Santa" (The Office) • "Classy Christmas" • "Christmas Wishes" • "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
Animated specials and episodes "Dickens of a Christmas" • A Wish For Wings That Work • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits" • "Fright Before Christmas" • "A Very Woody Christmas" • "It's a Chilly Christmas After All" • "Yule Get Yours" • "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" • How Murray Saved Christmas • "ChristMess Eve" • 5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas