Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’
If you take a moment to think about it, Star Wars and Christmas make very strange bedfellows, as this 1983 U.K. comic cover shows. There’s nothing in the movies themselves that comes close to a festive holiday except for the spontaneous galaxy-wide victory celebration at the end of Episode VI. The infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and its depiction of Life Day is nothing more than a botched attempt to create a Christmas simulacrum.
Now I may have missed them, but I don’t recall seeing sets of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk holiday lights. Dr. Who tree toppers are probably stored away on the Tardis. And while there may be festive nutcrackers of Planet of the Apes‘ Cornelius and Dr. Zaius, I’ve never seen them.
So why Star Wars and Christmas? It’s just one more indication that Star Wars quickly became an all-encompassing, once-in-a-generation phenomenon — that kind of singular sensation that can’t be created by publicity, advertising, or marketing muscle. And as a long-lived, multi-generational phenomenon, we’ll still have Star Wars when Honey Boo Boo is in her 40s and people will be asking “Honey who?”
There’s something about this time of year that brings out the kid in all of us (which is great, because a guy in Stormtrooper armor isn’t fooling anyone the other eleven months of the year). The holidays are a silly time — one for crazy sweaters, sing-songy music, and wishlists of toys (figurative or literal). But it’s also a time of child-like wonder: seeing the world through new eyes, allowing ourselves to ponder the innocence that mankind is capable of, and being moved by the traditions that came before us. The trick is remembering we can learn a lot from kids. Judge them by their size, do not!
Fifteen years ago, the Ghost of Christmas Past paid me a visit. It told me the Star Wars trilogy was returning to the big screen and just like that my childhood flashed before my eyes. Suddenly I was back to being that eight-year-old waking up Christmas morning to find a Millennium Falcon playset. And as fast as you can say Tiny Tim I was buying my first set of armor with the crazy idea of being a kid again.
Still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift? If you’re on a budget and like getting crafty, look no further! A wintry Star Wars sun jar is a festive and fun project that makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. The jar stores sunlight during the day and then glows in the dark, adding some brightness to these long winter nights. (Kids, please get your parents to help you with this!)
It’s the holiday season, and you’re running out of time to buy gifts — much like the Rebel Alliance was running out of time as the Death Star closed in on its base at the end of A New Hope. (Not exactly, but you get the picture.) Still, fear not — the Official Star Wars Blog has assembled a guide filled with gifts of all kinds, perfect for your Star Wars-loving friends and family (and yourself). Think of it as your proton torpedo in destroying the Death Star of holiday disappointment. (Or something like that.)
For me, Halloween is the time of year when I embrace the dark side to the fullest. I find that the spooky holiday just brings out the Sith in me. So for this year’s festivities, I decided to carve a Stormtrooper pumpkin. What better way to salute the boys in white than by carving their helmet into the side of a squash? Now I’m no Pumpkin Geek but fortunately there are a lot of cool Star Wars templates online, like these downloadable Star Wars stencils here. For my carving, I liked the idea of using a Stormtrooper helmet not only because it’s so iconic, but also because it’s fairly simple to carve. So if you’re a beginner carver (like me), then this is the design you’re looking for!
MTV star Liz Lee smooches a Gamorrean GuardGet in the Valentine’s Day spirit with this list of fun Star Wars-related romantic sites.
VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS & CRAFTS:
- Valentine’s Day Cards by artist Katie Cook (Starwars.com)
- The Phantom Menace Valentine Cut-Outs by artist Grant Gould (Starwars.com)
- Star Wars Valentine’s Day Cards and Gifts (Starwars.com)
- Printable Star Wars Valentine’s Day Cards (Retroist.com)
- Star Wars Valentines by James Stowe (jamesstowe.blogspot.com)
- A Very Star Wars Valentines (Something Awful)
- Valentine’s Day cards, Star Wars style (Club Jade)
VALENTINE’S DAY FUN:
- Star Wars Sweethearts Soundboard! (Starwars.com)
- Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2 (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- 8th Grade Star Wars Love Letter (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- How to Woo a Nerdy Girl (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Stormtroopers in Love (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Halo Master Chief’s Date with a Stormtrooper (Official Starwars.com Blog)
- Love In The Time Of Carbonite, or the Best Couples from Star Wars (io9.com)
- Pop Culture’s Best Couples: 26 True (Fictional) Lovers (EW.com)
Thanks to Jedi Master of Paper Crafts dad Anthony Herrera has us all frantically making geektastic Star Wars Paper Snowflakes of Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Ahsoka Tano, C-3PO, and more!
Learn how to make these cool snowflakes and more here:
Star Wars Snowflakes