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Army Christmas Operations Order: 12-02-11

Subject: Christmas

1. An official visit by General Santa (NMI) Claus is expected at this headquarters 25 December 2011. The following instructions will be in effect and govern the activities of all personnel during the visit.

  a. Not a creature will stir without official permission. This will include indigenous rodents. Special stirring permits for necessary administrative actions will be obtained through normal channels. Rodents stirring permits will be obtained through the Office of the Surgeon General, Veterinary Services.

  b. Personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap prior to 2200 hours, 24 December 2011. Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, cotton, light, drowsing, with kerchief, general purpose, camouflage; and Cap, camouflage w/ear flaps. Equipment will be drawn from CIF prior to 1900 hours, 24 December 2011.

  c. Personnel will utilize standard field ration sugar plums for visions to dance through their heads. Artificially sweetened plums are authorized for those in their unit weight control program. Specifications for this item will be provided by the servicing dining facility.

  d. Stockings, wool, cushion sole, will be hung by the chimney with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fire hazards caused by carelessly hung stockings. Unit Safety Officers will submit stocking hanging plans to this headquarters prior to 0800 hours, 20 December 2011, ATTN: G4, for approval.

  e. At the first sign of clatter from the lawn, all troops will spring from their beds to evaluate noise and cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw open the window sashes. G4 Plan (Saint Nick), Reference LO No. 3, paragraph 6c, this headquarters, 2 February 2009, will be in effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash throwing. Division chiefs will familiarize all personnel with procedures and are responsible for ensuring that no shutters are torn open or window sashes thrown open prior to start of official clatter.

  f. Prior to 2400 hrs, 24 December 2011, all personnel will be assigned "Wondering Eye" stations (sectors of observation). After shutters are thrown open and sashes are torn, these stations will be manned.

  g. The G4 will assign one each Sleigh, miniature, M-66, and eight (8) deer, rein, tiny, for use of General Claus' driver who, IAW current directives and other applicable regulations, must have a valid SF 56 properly annotated by Driver Testing; be authorized rooftop parking and be able to shout "On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, up Comet, up Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen".

2. General Claus will enter quarters through standard chimneys. All units without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M-6, for use during ceremonies. Chimney simulator units will be requested on Engineer Job Order Request Form submitted to the Furniture Warehouse prior to 19 December 2011, and issued on DA Form 3161, Request for Issue or Turn-in.

3. Personnel will be rehearsed on shouting "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." This shout will be given on termination of
General Claus' visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of
division chiefs.

Colonel, USA
OIC, Special Services

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE


A  Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or Blessed Yule to all!!
Thank you for your service.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah to all!!

Thank you all for your service, past, present, and future.
Merry Christmas to all!
Merry Christmas to you all, and may GOD bless us, everyone.
Aaand this is definitely going out in a company-wide email. :D

Merry Christmas!
Thank you for that, Sir John!  Took me back to my first christmas in the army, far too many years gone.  It was good for a hearty laugh then, and now!  Merry Christmas to all!
Merry Christmas to you all.