mother holding up little girl to place grogu on top of the christmas tree

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Baby Yoda is the newest Christmas tree topper

There's a new tree topper in town.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 16, 2020

One of the biggest questions The Mandalorian’s second season right now is where is Baby Yoda? And while The Mandalorian might give us that answer in the season 2 finale, we’ve got a much clearer answer outside of the galaxy far, far away: He’s on top of a Christmas tree.

Granted, Christmas isn’t a thing within Star Wars—the closest we get is Life Day—although Christmas-themed Star Wars merchandise is nothing new. It’s only been a few years since many of the recent Star Wars films made a theatrical release stake in December. But this year, Baby Yoda is making a big claim on the holidays.

While some people have purchased Baby Yoda blow-ups for their front yards to celebrate the season, others are taking a much more creative approach.

Over the past few weeks, as more and more people decorate their homes to celebrate Christmas, more Baby Yoda tree toppers have started to emerge.

One version positions Grogu wielding the Force to make it look like he was making an ornament hover.

While another person went a darker route with a Darth Vader-themed tree.

And then there’s the original Yoda making a comeback.

It’s been more than a year since Baby Yoda first debuted in The Mandalorian, but there’s at least one major difference between last year and now to account for the surge in Baby Yoda tree toppers. Lucasfilm wanted to keep the Baby Yoda reveal a surprise up until the show premiered, so there wasn’t any official Baby Yoda merchandise available for growing demand upfront. That merchandise, which eventually included animatronic dolls, life-like recreations, plastic toys, and plushes, launched months later, giving fans plenty of time to get their hands on their own Baby Yoda by the time they put their Christmas trees up. It’s not a major trend quite yet but in a few years? It just might be among Star Wars fans.

But, despite the silliness that comes with putting a little green alien atop your Christmas tree, it is kind of fitting in a way. To non-Force users, Baby Yoda’s skills and abilities (like healing) are akin to miracles, so he fits right in with the classic angel topper. And he’s the shining star at the center of Din Djarin’s universe, so he’d fit right in with the star topper, too.

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*First Published: Dec 16, 2020, 1:02 pm CST