With Christmas and new year's around the bend, the office turns into a ghost town. Last minute financial statement wrap-ups before the 12/31 deadlines, planning work, archiving. You can roll a chair down the hallways and nobody will notice. Most people are on vacation this time of year, taking that one week off before you lose your vacation time forever. Everyone's mentally preparing for and dreading busy season. Kinda like the calm before the storm.