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The Second Wednesday of October
  • 12th Oct, 2016
  • 14th Oct, 2015
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They come in every shape and size, and protect us from the fear of the dark and comfort us in times of turmoil. Whether they’re fuzzy or wooly, old or new, cute or bold, Teddy bears are the childhood friend that never let us down. But where did these Teddy Bears come from, and why are they called “Teddy” bears? Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day celebrates the origins of the Teddy, and where it’s going!

History of Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day
Let’s start with the history of the Teddy Bear, popular legend says that it all started from a hunting expedition by Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, President of the United States from 1901-1909. In 1902 he was on a hunting expedition with several other hunters, but had yet to bag himself a bear as the other hunters had. His attendants hunted down a bear and had cornered it and clubbed it into submission, and then tied it to a tree waiting for the President to shoot it. Roosevelt refused on the grounds that it was utterly unsportsmanlike, and it took no time at all for someone to come up with the idea of selling stuffed bears called “Teddy Bears” to children everywhere.

But who first came up with the Teddy Bear? Believe it or not it was created in two places almost simultaneously by unrelated people, Richard Steiff of Germany, and Morris Michtom of the United States. Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day is your reminder that your childhood companion never abandoned you, and they deserve to not be abandoned by you. So take your favorite childhood stuffed bear to work, or to school, and let it spend a day with you now that the child it protected is all grown up.

How to celebrate Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day
Celebrating Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day is as easy as following the instructions inherent in the name. Gather up your childhood buddy and take them into school or work with you, and trade stories of the games and life you lived with them. Some people have lots of stuffed bears still, including ones made by beloved grandparents or received as gifts. A few, a special few, have themselves a teddy bear still with them from their cribs. Share your fuzzy friends with others today, and let everyone know you still love them.

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