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Christmas in the Stars – A Holiday Marathon

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “A Holiday Marathon,” a story from Tricia Barr of FANgirl Blog!

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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A Holiday Marathon

A few years ago I had some friends over to share Christmas dinner. We don’t make present-giving a big deal in our house so the day had felt more like Thanksgiving – getting a turkey read and baking pies. While I had been cooking, though, I noticed Spike was running a Star Wars marathon so I turned it on. (Naturally!) Later as guests started arriving, they all gravitated toward the television. Typically my appetizers are the center of attention. I never had a chance to turn the marathon off because everyone was watching the movies, commenting about the story and enjoying it.

One friend had never even seen the movies before. She turned to me at one point and said, “I see why you like Star Wars so much.”

It turned out to be one of the nicest memories I have of the holidays.

Tricia Barr
FANgirl Blog
Fangirls Going Rogue
@fangirlcantina

Christmas in the Stars – Christmas Fortuna

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Christmas Fortuna,” a story from Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot!

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Christmas Fortuna

When I was young, whenever I’d be asked what I wanted for Christmas, I’d always say, “Star Wars stuff.”  It didn’t matter what it was, as long as it had a Star Wars logo on it, I’d be great. The first time I unwrapped something Star Wars at Christmas was in 1985, two years after Return of the Jedi. Finding Star Wars toys in that era was impossible and my mother had warned me that getting Star Wars stuff for Christmas didn’t seem likely. Continue reading

Christmas in the Stars – A Call For Obi-Wan

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “A Call For Obi-Wan,” a story from Megan over at Blog Full of Words.

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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A Call For Obi-Wan

Most of my Star Wars memories come courtesy of my stepmom’s family. One of the first adult Star Wars fans I was ever met was a family friend on that side. One day, when I was in my teens, she leaned over my shoulder, and, to my great shock, recognized that I was doodling Kit Fisto. Star Wars became our conversation topic of choice. I visited her house once, gawked at the number of action figures she had bought for her son, and marveled at the size and rarity of her Millennium Falcon and X-Wing models. I bought my first vintage figures (Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker and Admiral Ackbar) that weekend.

She died of cancer this summer. Now, those figures will always remind me of her.

A young cousin on that side of the family also got word that I was into Star Wars and proudly showed me his plastic lightsabers. We had many sword fights in the basement, his aggression and tendency to aim for the knuckles pretty much matching my much longer reach. In typical kid logic fashion, there was a narrative to our battles but it was very, very loose. He would switch which character he wanted to be, and which he wanted me to be, in a matter of seconds. “I’m Anakin. You’re Obi-Wan. I’m a good guy. No, I’m a bad guy!”

I only see that side of the family about once a year, on Thanksgiving. I didn’t expect my cousin to remember as vividly as he did, but the next Thanksgiving he was waiting on the porch when I arrived, shouting so enthusiastically that I couldn’t identify the words until I figured it out: “Obi-Wan! Obi-Wan!”

Megan - Blog Full of Words

2013 Year in Review: Novels – SWBTF #102

Books, short stories, and more, all on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss all of the Novels that came out in the year 2013. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away! Continue reading

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Christmas in the Stars – Her Universe Surprise

The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “Her Universe Surprise,” a story from Savanna Kiefer of PLCohmy

Enjoy!

-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor - starwarsreport.com

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Her Universe Surprise

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan my whole life. However, I haven’t always been the crazed fangirl that I am today. Back in 2010 when Celebration V visited close to my home town in Orlando, I decided to skip out on the experience while my mom and brother went because I just wasn’t “that” into Star Wars. Earlier in the year, I had heard about Ashley Eckstein’s upcoming clothing company called “Her Universe” at Star Wars Weekends and was interested in seeing what merchandise she would have. During CV, my mom called me and told me that Ashley’s clothing line was at the convention center and she had tons of nice t-shirts and accessories for fangirls. While I secretly wanted a few things because I thought it was awesome, I played it off like I wasn’t interested and went on with my day. When my mom got home from the convention, she showed me the Star Wars burnout shirt that she got for herself and I thought it was just the coolest thing.

Deep down inside I really wanted a shirt too, but I didn’t say anything. Four months later on Christmas day, I was opening presents from my parents and found a Star Wars hoodie in one of the boxes. Then a t-shirt, charm bracelet, and hat in another box. My mom had gotten me tons of stuff from the Her Universe booth and saved it for Christmas. I think that was the real turning point in my fandom. Ever since that moment, I’ve realized that it’s okay to be a fangirl and express my love for Star Wars without shame. I’ve been able to meet so many people and have amazing opportunities that I would never have gotten without Star Wars being in my life. I had no idea how that Christmas would change the rest of my life!

Savanna Kiefer - PLCohmy