History Channel Shows the Santa Force of Star Wars, Christmas Through the Decades

Star Wars Action figure Darth Vader

Star Wars Action figure Darth Vader

The 70s was about Star Wars, and now it’s back for Christmas again in a new episode of Christmas Through the Decades on Wednesday, December 2nd at 10pm ET/PT

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/12/2 – Last week History Channel premiered the series Christmas Through the Decades. Tonight’s episode is the 70s and the mania of Star Wars.

With the Star Wars franchise in the hands of Disney, this Christmas is set to be another Star Wars craze. Through the Decades presents experts and cultural icons to show how families celebrating Christmas were influenced by film, television, songs and hot trends.

The series premieres episodes for four consecutive weeks It started last week with the 1960s and will finish with the 1990s. The first episode about the 60s  is available to see online.

In the 70s people were being introduced to Star Wars action figures. Those sold out before Christmas and caused consternation at Paramount which had granted “worthless” merchandising rights to George Lucas in lieu of cash.

The big song for the 70s Christmas was Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

The series continues next week with the 1980s…

A Cabbage Patch Doll, from creator Xavier Roberts wearing a blue and white sleep suite is seen at a London hotel ahead of the toys being introduced into the U.K. Christmas market in London, U.K., on Thursday, December 8, 1983. Roberts secured a deal with major toy manufacturer Coleco in 1982, which changed the name of Roberts' doll line to Cabbage Patch Kids. The introduction of Cabbage Patch Kids, which came in a wide range of ethnicity and races and were marketed to girls and boys, sparked a frenzy and Coleco sold more than 3 million dolls by the end of 1983. (Photo by Bryn Colton/Getty Images)

Created by Xavier Roberts and originally called Cabbage Patch Dolls they become all the rage. Parents looked high and low for this doll for both boys and girls.

The 1980s are all about portable music. The Sony Walkman was king of music  and a precursor to the iPod. The gift for kids was Cabbage Patch Kids. On December 9th, 2015





Tyco's Tickle Me Elmo doll, popular toy in short supply for Christmas demand. (Photo by James Keyser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Tyco’s Tickle Me Elmo doll, was in short supply for Christmas (Photo by James Keyser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The final episode in the series is about the 1990. The gift for young children that parents were crazy to get for their kids was Tickle Me Elmo and Beanie Babies. It’s also the year that Home Alone become a hit. Airing December 16th, 2015

Guests include Jillian Michaels, Leann Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Dascha Polanco and more.

Christmas Through the Decades is produced for HISTORY by TV Dinner Productions.  Karla Hidalgo and Christopher Martin are executive  producers at TV Dinner Productions. John Verhoff and Stephen Mintz are executive producers at HISTORY.

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