It was Christmas 1981. I was in 3rd grade and I loved Star Wars. That year all of the 3rd grade classes at the Maeser Elementary school came together to sing a Christmas concert. Each student was given a mimeographed booklet with the words to all of the songs in it so that we could read and memorize them (if you do not know what a mimeograph is ask some one who was born in the early 70’s or before). One of the songs immediately become my favorite Christmas song – “What Do You Get a Wookie For Christmas (When He All Ready Owns a Comb)?” When we gave our performance, slides (ask your grandparents) related to the song we were singing were projected onto a screen behind us. For “What Do You Get a Wookie For Christmas” one of our teachers dressed up in a wookie costume and I was selected to be one of two or three students to be in a close up with her. I was in little kid Star Wars geek heaven.
Thanks to YouTube I rediscovered the song several years ago and shared it with my kids. It is now a family favorite. We love it, despite its major corniness, because 1) It IS a Star Wars song, and 2) IT has a wonderful Social Justice message.
The song is sung by droids who have a “scarf for Skywalker”, “perfume for the Princess,” and even ear-muffs for Han Solo. BUT what do you get a Wookie for Christmas, when you all ready gave him a comb last year? They don’t wear clothes, they will never need galoshes, a hat, a tie clip, or shaving foam. The cheesy but heartwarming answer reminds me every year what Christmas is really about.