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This Christmas Video Is The US Government's Greatest Accomplishment

We don't know why this is happening, but it is.

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It's part of the somewhat baffling, yet utterly rewatchable, holiday greeting video from the US Embassy in Tokyo, in which the ambassador does her best Santa impression.

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They range from the practical — "So is she delivering presents to the good little American diplomats?" — to the meta — "How many takes did her climbing out of the chimney like that actually take?"

BUT WAIT. There's also this video, which has US diplomats — including a still Santa-clad Kennedy — dancing to the insanely popular "Koi Dance" that's swept Japan.

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Our guess: This is the diplomatic form of senioritis, as Kennedy prepares to wrap up her time in Japan in less than a month when the Obama administration leaves office.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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