Season's greetings from Kate Flannery! The Office presents its new, one-hour Christmas episode this week!

Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming! The Office Christmas episode is twice as nice! No, I am not referring to my boobs. (It was last season's "Christmas Party" episode when the drunken Meredith went topless in Michael's office.) No, no, it's twice as nice because it's a full hourlong episode. I can't count how many fans have written me on MySpace or commented here at and said the words, "I wish The Office was an hour." Well? Let me quote Dwight K. Schrute by saying, "It's a Christmas miracle!"

This is the deal: It was a fake goose. No goose was hit by Dwight K. Schrute. No birds were killed.

Get this: The Office starts at 8 pm/ET instead of 8:30 this week! Set your TiVo or DVR or DVD-burner or VCR or your Greg Brady-style tape recorder (a method I used as a child in the '70s when there was no alternative, except maybe writing it all down as fast as humanly possible).

In a nutshell... the office Christmas-party planning committee splits into two competing parties. The men go to Benihana for lunch to cheer up Michael, who ends up falling for his waitress. (She is played by Kulop, a very funny actress whom I met several years ago when my comedy act, the Lampshades, hosted her boyfriend's stand-up show, Comedy Death Ray. It's a small comedy world.) This episode was directed by the great Harold Ramis - you remember him as the eyeglasses-wearin' Ghostbuster, but did you know he wrote the movie Groundhog Day? Not too shabby. He is a legend, and it was very exciting to work with him. He actually really wanted to do an episode of The Office, and there have been some equally groovy directors this year. I am not at liberty to divulge their names, and I am contractually obligated to keep my redheaded mouth shut. Alls I'm sayin' is, watch for the director's name on the opening credits this year. You may be surprised!

You may also be surprised that Meredith's top does not come off. There is no X in X-mas this year. Last year my parents said they wanted to see more of me on the show. Careful what you wish for!

More Office trivia: one of The Office's directors, Paul Feig, wrote a great kids' movie that just came out, called Unaccompanied Minors. Look for cameos from B.J. [Novak] and Mindy [Kaling], as well as Dave Koechner (Todd Packer) and Rob Riggle (Captain Jack).

But back to Paul Feig... he created the show Freaks and Geeks, and he directed several episodes of The Office last season, like "Halloween" and "E-mail Surveillance." Go see his movie. It's like a little kid's version of The Breakfast Club. If you have kids, they will love this movie. My friend's 5-year-old stood up and cheered when he saw it, yelling, "This is the best movie ever!" Now, granted, how many movies has a 5-year-old seen? How many that weren't animated? Forget I said anything.

I really think you are all going to dig the one-hour thing. We've done the supersized 42-minute episodes a few times, but this is the real deal. I hope you all get a big fat hit off this joint episode. Yes, a pot reference from the drunk. Wow!

And while you're watching, be sure to think of me, Kate Flannery, and if you're over 21, make this special episode even more special by having something nice to drink. I like to add booze to my eggnog latte. The caffeine helps so I don't pass out watching the whole long episode. Be sure and have some Christmas munchies, too, my pot-head friends.

I love you all for reading my stuff. Please enjoy The Office this week, and don't you dare forget to tune in a half hour early at 8 pm/ET, on NBC.