Tag Archives: STAR WARS

The Meaning of Sithmas

 The Meaning of Sithmas

Since 2009 I have been celebrating Sithmas. At least that’s how long I’ve been calling it that. I have probably been doing it for far longer, but I know that’s the first time I started calling it Sithmas. Many people get caught up in words like Christmas, and Happy Holidays, and what is considered politically correct to use and say during this time of year.

I for one have never been that hung up on it, I say do what feels right to you. And for me, I have always celebrated Christmas with a bit of Star Wars mixed in. So for me, I have started to say Merry Sithmas instead. It’s just an expression of my Fandom during the Holiday season. I have always shared my love for Star Wars through the Holidays, well year round really, ever since the first time I was given a Han Solo figure, the wonder of what Star Wars goodie might I get this year, or give when it comes to my Children, has been a part of Christmas that I look forward to. But this time of year even Star Wars meme’s take on a festive feel, so why not Christmas. Each year my family pulls out the Ornament box, and along with all the keepsake ornaments like baby’s first Christmas and so on and so forth are my Star Wars ones that I bought from Hallmark over the years. And a few from other places. But these always go up. Every year. Even before I started saying Merry Sithmas, we had a Sithmas Tree and I never even realized it.

Another aspect of Sithmas is wearing something Star Wars. Or at least I like to always have a Star Wars T-shirt on under whatever I’m wearing. ‘Star Wars to the core’ as I like to call it. With my gear on and usually a marathon of Star Wars playing on one of the TVs in the house the stage is set. For me Sithmas is all about sharing my love for Star Wars with my loved ones, family, and friends. Discussing the films, the tv shows, and their impact on the books, the many possible outcomes that could spin from the new additions to the franchise are some of my favorite things to discuss with my Father. He and I both enjoy reading the novels, but he doesn’t read as much comics, so he always has questions about what fits where. And this tends to get others in the room involved, next thing we know we’re explaining what happened during the New Jedi Order with some friend or family member who isn’t as into Star Wars as we are. But Christmas is a time of gathering and what better place to share our love for Star Wars!

And Sithmas will only continue to get better as me move towards 2015 and Star Wars Episode VII. While the future of the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be shaky, the fact that Sithmas 2015 will be one of the best to come in a Century fills me with a warm glow that I can only image a Jedi must feel when walking in the caves of Ilum.

Will you be celebrating Sithmas this year?

Merry Sithmas!

Merry Sithmas!

Mark Hurliman

Christmas in the Stars – Ghosts of Christmas Past?

The “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration comes to a close. (sad face) It was so awesome to work with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. We finish with “Ghosts of Christmas Past?” a story from our very own Aaron Goins.

Enjoy!

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

—————————————————————————————————————————–

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Christmas Day. I can still feel the energy. All the kids had received amazing Star Wars gifts and I was no exception. I had gotten a Luke with lightsaber, the new bad guy, and even a Millennium Falcon!

My family had made it kind of a tradition to go see a movie the afternoon after opening our gifts. This year we decided to go see the new Star Wars movie. Of course we did. It had been years since the original Star Wars had come out and this new one was all anyone was talking about.

I had already seen the movie a few times because it had been out for a little while by Christmas, but this day was the perfect day to see it again. My family didn’t mind taking me again because they knew how big of a fan I was. Also I think they really wanted to go because the movie was that fantastic.

I remember sitting in the theater next to my dad with butterflies in my stomach like I was seeing it for the first time. When the opening crawl came up… was that a tear in my eye? No… it was just a movie.

But this was Star Wars! Star Wars was back!

It had everything I loved about the original and more. Some old characters I loved and new characters I was going to love. Even R2-D2 was back! Space battles, aliens, mysterious bad guys, and oh my goodness that final lightsaber battle. And the cliffhanger! I can’t believe they just left us hanging like that!

I walked out of that theater already planning on seeing the movie again and wondering what the next one was going to be like. This was the best Christmas ever and it was a great time to be a Star Wars fan! Star Wars Episode VIII couldn’t come fast enough.

Wait… am I remembering this correctly? Oh… this is the future…

Aaron Goins

Christmas in the Stars – Endoring Memories!

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 “Endoring Memories!” a story from our own Karl LaClair of The Wampa’s Lair podcast.

Enjoy!

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

—————————————————————————————————————————–

Endoring Memories!

Whenever I think back on my favorite memories of Star Wars surrounding the Christmas season it’s never to what sort of Star Wars I got on Christmas morning. While it was always exciting to receive a Star Wars present for Christmas, my fondest memory always revolves around the tradition of setting up our Christmas tree.

Back before I owned any of the Star Wars movies on VHS (yes, I’m that old!) the only way I could watch them was when they were on TV. Each year they would play the Star Wars Trilogy on the Sci-Fi channel around Christmas time and each year our family would have either The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi on in the background while we decorated the tree. Growing up in upstate NY we typically had a decent amount of snow on the ground the week before Christmas. So my brothers and I would run outside after we had finished the tree to recreate the Battle of Hoth. We used our bright red toboggan as the Snowspeeder to race down the hill away from the imaginary AT-AT walkers in pursuit. We even set up huge tree branches pointing into the sky to represent the Ion cannon. That’s right, at our Echo Base we had more than one!

But I have to say even more than our Battle of Hoth reenactments, what I remember most fondly about those early years of my Star Wars love expressed at Christmas was actually using the tree to play with my action figures. The Christmas tree would double as an excellent Endor as I used the figures to jump from tree branch to tree branch to avoid the AT-ST walkers gunning for them from beneath the tree. These adventures that started in the tree would often spill over to the mantle over the fireplace. I would use my Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and rebel soldier figures to scale the stone face of the fireplace where they would then camp out on the high ground on the mantle to fire down on the Stormtroopers who would be in pursuit. Needless to say, these everyday Christmas decorations became tools in my imaginary world. And I loved it!

Karl LaClair

Wampa’s Lair podcast.

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

—————————————————————————————————————————–

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

—————————————————————————————————————————–

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