Monday, December 25, 2006

Fete Week, Life Day and Singing Droids

Well, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Well, we have just finished our traditional viewing of the Holiday Special (much to the unending chagrin and dismay of my loved ones). It's a gentle reminder to one and all just what Star Wars is all about....

Anything BUT holidays.

There are three holidays utilized by the Star Warriors, and the first of those was Life Day. A Wookiee holiday, which seems to involve horrid singing and holographic adult entertainment (apparently, the shortened term for this is a "disallowed" word). But, hey, it was the seventies.

The second was Fete Week. A popular holiday on Coruscant - which during the height of Imperial power involved public executions of those convicted of treason and other "crimes against the Empire."

Nothing says holiday like shooting purported criminals!

Of course, neither of those are the truly disturbing thought of holidays. Neither of those is the most horrid Star Wars holiday tie-in. That singular honor is held by Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album. This wonderful bit of Star Wars memorabilia includes these gems of auditory delight:

1. Christmas In The Stars Listen
2. Bells, Bells, Bells Listen
3. The Odds Against Christmas Listen
4. What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas.... Listen
5. R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas Listen
6. Sleigh Ride Listen
7. Merry, Merry Christmas Listen
8. A Christmas Sighting ('Twas The Night Before...) Listen
9. The Meaning Of Christmas Listen

Ah...the joys of the late seventies, early eighties. Of course the music isn't horrid, and features the debut of a then eighteen year old Jon Bon Jovi. What is truly disturbing is the storyline which could be described as thus:

This album's story line takes place in a droid factory where the robots make toys year-round for Santa Claus. But they don't quite know what to make of Christmas until the comedy duo of droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, helps explain it all.
Yes, you read that right, this particular tidbit of commercial tie-in brings Santa Claus and Christmas into the GFFA!

Hooray for all-inclusive canonicity! This is one of those times when I wish I wasn't an EU completist.

Oh well, hear the songs, sing along, and have a Merry Christmas. The regularly scheduled Fete Week executions will be carried out next tomorrow.

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