The Mandalorian was full of Star Wars Easter eggs.  Nobody expected one to refer to the infamous Holiday Special.  But there it was, a reference to Life Day, the celebration at the heart of the 1978 television oddity.

The tale of Han Solo and Chewbacca racing back to Chewie’s home to celebrate Life Day has never been released on home video or rebroadcast.  It featured Carrie Fisher singing, Mark Hamill gurning and mooning like he’s got into Carrie’s stash, was deep in a K-hole and coming down hard, and Chewbacca’s never again mentioned son, Lumpy.

It also featured Bea Arthur as a Mos Easley bartender and a cartoon that featured the very first appearance of Boba Fett.

Now The Mandalorian show runner Jon Favreau has broken ranks and come out as a fan.  He has gone even further in an interview with Variety and hinted that he wants to have a go himself:

“Oh I would definitely be interested in doing a holiday special, and I’m not going to say who I would be interested in. But one of the people is the member of the cast in an upcoming episode of the show. So we’ll leave it at that for now.

I’ve been thinking about it. It’s ready, the ideas are ready. I think it could be really fun. Not as part of this, but there’s an excitement around it because it was so fun and weird, and off and not connected to what ‘Star Wars’ was in the theater. ‘The Mandalorian’ cartoon, the Boba Fett cartoon, from the holiday special was definitely a point of inspiration for what we did in the show.”

Favreau is currently already shooting the second season of The Mandalorian for a late 2020 air date.

“No more Special K for you Mark!”
Here is your pre-Christmas endurance training.  See how far you can get in this.  About half way seems to be the limit of human suffering.
Somewhere this remains under lock and key in a Lucasfilm vault, never to see the light of day.