We built some great alliances, destroyed all trust, and got lab productivity practically to zero by Friday. There was only one "Office" situation with a MacBook Pro but it turns out it was just a box full of candy so we avoided that disaster. Most importantly plenty of skat jokes were made. Most people received gifts that meant a lot to them - especially John who received a cup full of live fruit flies. We ended the week with a lab party where we spent a good hour trying to deduce who gave to who. Let's just say, hopefully we are better at analyzing microbiome data than we are at analyzing gift giving. We hope that everyone travels safe this holiday season and has a very merry Christmas!