After Thursday's announcement from the prime minister many public servants won't be feeling like it's the most wonderful time of the year.
But as many public servants face a mountain of work before the Christmas shut-down period, it's important to make time for a giggle or two.
Thankfully Millie Clery and Clayton Smith, two former-public-servants-turned-consultants, have taken the time to create the Department of Christmas Affairs - a website for a faux department that is so close to the real thing it makes you wonder if it was left of the list of new departments on Thursday.
The logo for the North Pole Government has to be studied to see the differences between it and the Australian government, and the CV for Minister Nick Claus could easily sit alongside those sitting in the Coalition Cabinet.
Featuring everything from an inquiry into "Gift appropriateness" inquiry to the "B-Nice" campaign to get people off the naughty list, it's an effort that has obviously taken a lot of time, a sense of humour and insider knowledge of the public service.
For those with a sense of dark humour the "robo-naughty" list will give you a chuckle (followed by a sigh) - it uses data-matching from the Global Behaviour Tracking Network to automate naughty-list curation. This reporter has been listed as "naughty" so I'm considering legal action to test whether data matching in this way without other evidence is unlawful.
Ms Clery said the process was actually randomised, and she plans on building in a function where people can request a formal review of their naughty status.
Apart from the jokes that will resonate in Canberra, there's a lot for the smaller folks in your household waiting on a visit from the man in red this Christmas - a phone number you can ring and leave a voicemail with Santa himself, an official gift request form and a guide to preparing your home for reindeer landing.
Between Ms Clery and Mr Smith there's more than 20 years of public sector experience - and you can tell when reading the website.
Ms Clery said the idea came from a Christmas decoration she put on her house last year that her husband said looked like Parliament House. She declared the house the Department of Christmas Affairs, and this year the idea spawned the website, that took the pair just two weeks to put together.
"We're both consultants and build a lot digital solutions for government, so all year we're building these sorts of more serious government websites. It all just fell into place, we thought just for fun, we'll have a muck around and make a light-hearted website," Ms Clery said.
Mr Smith said the writing was an easier process than what he usually does at work - without the pressure and the constant feedback from users, it was a quick process.
Mr Smith said the pair were considering adding a link to the website allowing people to donate to charity to put the LOLs to a good cause.
"It's all for the fun and good vibes, if we're able to pass on that goodwill to people who really need it would be good," Ms Clery said.
- You can check it all out at christmasaffairs.com.