Now that we are in the second weekend of January, the holidays are firmly in the rear view mirror. But if you were to ask me to sum up this past Christmas season in two words, it would be this: Baby Yoda.
We were introduced to the little guy back in early November. Along with the launch of the Disney Plus streaming service came the premiere of the original series, The Mandalorian. It's set in the Star Wars universe and is centered around a bounty hunter who is simply known as "Mando" early on.
At the end of the first episode, we got our first glimpse at Baby Yoda as he was surprisingly revealed to be one of the bounties that Mando was searching for. From that point on though, Mando and Baby Yoda were inseparable, and everyone who watched the show fell in love with how adorable Baby Yoda was.
A new episode came out each week from early November until after Christmas, so all throughout the holiday season, fans were treated to more and more of The Mandalorian but most importantly, more and more Baby Yoda.
Of course I do have to mention that "Baby Yoda" is not the character's real name. We still haven't learned what his actual name is. But everyone who has seen him calls him "Baby Yoda" because he looks just like a baby version of the popular Star Wars character Yoda.
The series was only the beginning of the Baby Yoda hysteria though. If you're on Facebook or any other social media site, you've no doubt seen Baby Yoda all over your timeline. Even people who aren't fans of Star Wars have shared memes about Baby Yoda and his "chicky nuggies," "chocky milk" and "snacky snacks."
There was also an uproar because there were no Baby Yoda toys made in time for Christmas. I'm assuming the movie producers either didn't anticipate Baby Yoda's popularity or simply didn't want his reveal spoiled by the toy stores. But they no doubt could have made thousands of dollars in Baby Yoda toy sales throughout the holiday season.
What's even more sad for Baby Yoda fans is the fact that season one of The Mandalorian is now in the books and season two isn't scheduled to premiere until October. Considering the season one finale aired in late December, that means we will have waited 10 months for the show's return to Disney Plus.
What remains to be seen, however, is how much we will remember Baby Yoda over the course of the winter, spring and summer months that lie ahead. I'm sure we'll all fall back in love with him again when The Mandalorian returns. But the amount of Facebook posts and the demand for toys will likely slow down as we move on to whatever the next big thing will be in 2020.
Moving on from one craze to the next is nothing new in our society though.
When I was a kid, everyone went crazy over the songs "Achy Breaky Heart" and "U Can't Touch This." But eventually they got overplayed and everyone got tired of hearing them.
The big craze right now are the smart phones that everyone is constantly staring at. That craze doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, but every year they are coming out with a new one that is bigger and better than the last.
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. We see fads and crazes come and go in every part of our lives. Not only music and gadgets, but also our clothes, hairstyles, hobbies, and even our diets and exercises. For weeks and months at a time, there will be something that takes control of our attention until we eventually get tired of it and move on to whatever is next.
Sadly, we treat our relationship and our walk with God much like we do any of these other fads. After holidays like Christmas or Easter, we'll get back into church for a while and promise ourselves we'll start living better for the Lord. We might even make it a New Year's resolution to read the Bible more and spend more time in prayer.
But due to one thing or another, we'll stop studying our Bibles and eventually stop going to church until the next big holiday -- if we even return at all.
We don't need to treat God like just another passing craze though. If you want a real relationship with God and if you want to see a real change in your life, then you have to spend time with Him every single day.
When you find yourself asking, "What has God ever done for me," you should also ask yourself, "What have I ever done for God?"
If you try to squeak by in life only going to church on occasion and only praying when something bad happens, you're probably not going to see much of a difference in your life.
It takes a deep relationship with God and the desire to spend time in His word daily to really see His blessings. It's then you will understand the plans He has for you which in turn will be the blessings for you.
Romans 10:7 says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
If you've become a Baby Yoda fan like I have, you no doubt can't wait until October when we get to see what he's into next. But as the next several months come and go, we'll find ourselves moving on to other things in the meantime.
We don't need to treat God the same way by letting our relationship with Him come and go. If we want to truly be blessed, then we need to focus on God and His plans for us every single day.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor at the Times-Tribune. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.