Thankfully another Christmas has passed without any major incidents and we are now looking ahead to a brand new year and getting rid of all the Christmas chocolate (if you look on my instagram feed, you will see the detox plans for 2016). But one thing from 2015 that seems to be showing no signs of going away is the Star Wars craze.
Not only did Star Wars become the UK's biggest film of 2015, but it also took over our offices with discussion of whether it was any good (it was, apparently although I have to admit I haven't seen it yet!), and also our playgrounds with a range of toys and merchandise to keep the little ones amused for weeks on end. So in case you've been asleep for the past six months, here's a catch up on how Star Wars has infiltrated our homes!
Star Wars merchandise
From double-bladed lightsabers to pocket-sized Millenium Falcons, it seemed that no staircase in the UK was safe from tripping over some artefact of Star Wars memorabilia. (although my husband has a Millenium Falcon in storage .... maybe I should put it on eBay - ha ha)
The gadget geek inside me loves the BB-8 Droid that can be controlled from your smartphone or even your voice and can also display holographic messages. But if that sounds a little too futuristic, then the reliable range of Star Wars action figures meant that your kids can create their own Star Wars odysseys for many years to come!
Of course, any modern film needs some gaming accompaniment, and the Star Wars: Battlefront has earned rave reviews for its relentlessly fun hi-octane gaming opportunities. This game provides an endless array of missions and battles, and may just be the best Star Wars game yet.
However, parents should be aware that the game has a 16+ rating, so for the very little ones the Lego Star Wars games could be a good alternative. And for grownups who may seek something a little more soothing after a hard day's work, then Betway have a great collection of online slots that feature many top titles from the world of film and television.
Star Wars style
Science-fiction may not be the most likely source of style for fashion aficionados, but just one look at the furry Chewbacca bathrobe should help just about anybody realise how to stay warm and on-trend on those long and cold winter evenings!
And finally, just to make sure that you realise the all-encompassing power of Star Wars, even the famous beauty brand Max Factor got in on the Star Wars action with their own limited edition Star Wars make-up.
Whether the futuristic make-up will prove as popular as the online games or lightsabers remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure, and that's that there is no escape from Star Wars this year and it will be around for a long time yet!