12 Days of Christmas Episodes – Day Four: The Office [UK]

12 Days of Christmas Episodes – Day Four: The Office [UK]

I don’t like Christmas.  But in an attempt to be less of a Scrooge, I have decided to spend the 12 days leading up to Jesus’ birthday doing one of the few Christmas-related activities that doesn’t make me want to run away and hide: watching Christmas episodes of television shows.  And I’m going to write about it, because that’s just what I do.  Will this activity instil the spirit of Christmas within my cold, uncaring heart, or will I grow even more bitter toward the festive season?  Only time will tell…

After watching the above sketch in Martin Freeman’s episode of SNL last night, it was easy to decide on today’s holiday viewing.

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The Office [UK]
Christmas Specials

Featuring such classic moments as this brilliant cover, released by Juxtaposition Records:

The Office Christmas Specials provide the happy ending that we didn’t see coming. An awkward cringe comedy, it seemed that even the thought of romance between Tim and Dawn was doomed – but hey, anything can happen at Christmas.

At this point I should probably apologise, as I am incredibly tired and don’t have the energy yo type out a coherent analysis of these episodes. Instead, have a jumbled mess of thoughts…

I didn’t realise it was Martha Howe-Douglas (from Horrible Histories) as the replacement Dawn/receptionist!

Martin Freeman is adorable.

It’s about 2/3 of the way through the first episode before they even mention Christmas. This is a refreshing change.  Part 2 is a little more Christmassy as it contains the actual party. But still, overall, there is no preachiness or unnecessary morality. My tired brain appreciates this a lot.

I’m not sure why I thought that watching two rather long episodes would be a good idea after going out for dinner, considering that I’ve got work in the morning.  The Office Christmas Specials are good – entertaining enough to keep me awake, for sure – but I need to sleep!

Anyway, Tim gives up some lovely words towards the end.  They make good use of a Take That song, but the most satisfying moment is set to Yazoo – “Only You”.

Next time: I won’t be struggling to stay awake.  Until tomorrow.


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