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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am

The holiday season … it's simultaneously the most wonderful and most stressful time of the year.

In the midst of all of the shopping, gift-wrapping and cooking, families have a great opportunity to spend time together during this time of year. Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., reunite during the holidays, providing the perfect opportunity to catch up and nurture family togetherness.

As many families are looking to save money this holiday season, in-home family fun will no doubt be counted on to keep everyone entertained and happy. Whether you're hosting family this season or heading off to Grandma and Grandpa's, the following ideas can provide entertainment for the whole family.

  • Become your favorite heroes. Today's parents no doubt recall the first time they saw "Star Wars" as a kid. One of the most popular series of films ever made, "Star Wars" returned to the silver screen in the 21st century, and now generations of families can become their favorite galactic heroes thanks to Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes from LucasArts. Whereas movies were once a holiday tradition for many families, nowadays families are becoming their favorite movie and television heroes thanks to video games based on their favorite films and shows.

Republic Heroes lets players fight as their favorite Jedi and clone troopers from the preeminent animated television series — from familiar faces like Anakin Skywalker to new heroes like Clone Captain Rex. Moms and Dads will no doubt recognize characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi as they and their children slice and dice their way through Separatist droids, using their lightsabers and their agility to perform amazing leaps and navigate levels loaded with interactivity. Compatible with all major gaming systems, Republic Heroes is rated "T" for Teen (Fantasy Violence).

  • Embrace the classics. For years families have playfully competed with one another at the gaming table. Classic games like Taboo, Pictionary and Monopoly are all great group games for all ages. Easy to play and as engaging as ever, most board games can still be found at popular retailers like Target and Wal-Mart.

LEGO is another classic toy that can be embraced by generations of families, be it Grandpa who helped Dad when Dad was a kid, or today's generation of kids who know LEGOs from games such as LEGO(R) Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Combining the fun and creative construction of LEGO bricks with the wits, daring and non-stop action of one of cinema's most beloved adventure heroes, The Adventure Continues allows gamers and LEGO afficionados to combine their passions and experience the most authentic LEGO experience yet by designing and building their own levels brick by brick, and by fusing their levels with the ones in the game to create a custom experience.

  • Host a holiday singalong from the comforts of home. Families looking to have fun together this holiday season can embrace the tradition of caroling with a new tech-savvy twist. Rather than trolling the neighborhood in the cold and singing for neighbors, families can host their own singalong right in their own living room.

Thanks to karaoke-themed games, families can now have their very own "American Idol" competition as Mom, Dad, and even Grandma and Grandpa compete with the kids to release their inner rock star and put their singing talents (or lack thereof) on display.

For more information, please visit www.lucasarts.com.

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