'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a... Stormtrooper???????
Ho! Ho! Ho! With Christmas in the air, children young and old are dreaming about what jolly ol' Saint Nick might leave under their Christmas tree this year. A Force FX lightsaber? Maybe a few Star Wars action figures or video games? And don't forget to wish for a Star Wars coloring book tucked into your stocking with care.
Christmas and Star Wars have a long history together, and what's more festive than seeing a Santa hat on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away. Here's a few of our favorites.
Santa Claus Versus Darth Vader
Hit List: Who knew Santa had Force lightning abilities? Our money's on Vader in this one... unless Santa gets help from some of his Force sensitive elves.
Hit List: With these Santa Vader bobble heads by Funko on your desk at work, you will certainly be the most festive person in your office. Santa Vader (without gift) is an exclusive from from Entertainment Earth, and you can pick up Santa Vader (with gifts) there too!
Hit List: This guy is a dead ringer (pun intended) for Santa. But Santa Maul probably isn't who children (or parents) are hoping to see when they head to their local mall (another pun intended) for their annual Christmas picture. You do have to admit that the bow tie is quite festive.
Hit List: Santa will have so many Star Wars Legos in his sack this year, his sleigh may not make it off the launching pad. Rudolph and the gang better be in great shape because everyone loves the brick!
Action Figure Santas (Inspired By Lucasfilm Christmas Cards)
Hit List: Santa Yoda carrying a bag full of toys and R2-D2 as a reindeer with Santa Threepio are two of the classic toys Hasbro has produced based on Ralph McQuarrie's amazing artwork used as Lucasfilm Christmas cards.
Hit List: As cool as action figures are, this musical mini-bust is the big time! A Christmas gift from Gentle Giant Ltd to special friends of the company, Santa Rebo plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" on his keyboard and somewhere Jabba rolls over in his grave.
Hit List: With a nasty cough he just can't kick, Santa Grievous is certain to wake up every Who in Who-ville when he slides down the chimney!
(Via zgul-osr1113 at Deviant Art)
Lucasfilm Christmas Card Santas
Hit List: There's no doubt about number one on our list. Ralph McQuarrie's iconic artwork on Lucasfilm's Christmas cards between the years of 1979 and 1983 all feature some Santa Claus imagery. They are whimsical masterpieces from the man who inspired a generation of artists. The cards are in chronological order - left to right, top to bottom.
Note: We're aware that the 1978 card, which features R2-D2 and C-3PO holding wrapped packages in front of a store window, has an image of Santa in the store window as well. But since it's "window dressing" (pun intended yet again), we decided not to include it in our list here.