Mark this date on your calendar, it happens every year on the 12th of October! It's take your Teddy Bear to Work Day.
Teddy Bears Make the Perfect Gift!
When you need some stress relief, grab your Teddy Bear and have a good talk, he won't tell anyone your secrets.
Adult Fun in the form of taking your Teddy Bear to Work Day!
Take your Teddy Bear to work day, I'm sure was born of the need to relax a little bit in the workplace. I know from my own experience, that our jobs have become much more stressful in the last 10 years. Everyone expects more work with the same hours to accomplish the days events. You just can't do that without adding stress. Put a teddy bear into the mix and maybe while you are working away, you can take a moment to smile and laugh about the bears who are gracing everyone's desks that day. I am sure you will find bears that look like they have never been held and others that have bald spots on them (much like their owners). Teddy bears that have been "loved to death" have that special look to them, they are flat where they used to be pudgy, their fur has become a matted mess and the arms and legs are probably resewn a few times over the years. There is no doubt at all when you see them, that these bears have been through as much as their owners have over their life time.
My uncle has a bear, that is only about 6 inches high, that he thoroughly loved. While he was fleeing his country during the War, this was the only toy he was allowed to bring. I think his bear became his confident, best friend and his reassurance, while they walked at night making their way out of Germany and into Switzerland. He has his own "Sound of Music" story and the bear had a starring role in his life. Today, he owns over 50 little bears and they are his pride and joy. He doesn't worry about anything else he owns, but always reminds me that when he is gone, the bears are all mine and he knows that I will take care of them.
It always amazes me that this one toy, that really doesn't do anything at all, like some of the fancy things available today, has lasted and won the test of time.
Did you know?
Teddy Bears got their name from President Theodore Roosevelt. He was invited in the early 1900's(1902 to be exact) on a bear hunt in Louisiana. Being a naturalist and a sportsman, he eagerly went on this trip. When they found the bear, it had been tied to a tree in order to make the kill easier. Totally in disgust at how this bear came to be trapped, Roosevelt refused to kill it. Many a political cartoon came out of that encounter, but the Teddy Bear was the most important.
Since 1902, the Teddy Bear has been a favored toy of generations of children and continues to be one of the first gifts that a new baby receives.
Teddy Bears are quite collectible. Many companies made bears that were numbered and tracked. There is a whole lot of people who can tell you where a certain bear was made, what year it was made and how long production of a certain bear lasted. People dress their bears and many a stories have been written all about bears.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Paddington Bear Tales, Teddy Ruxpin, Winnie the Pooh, and the more modern of the bunch the Care Bears, are all examples of how the much loved Teddy bears have been used in children's lives. There are TV shows, Movies, Operas, and lots and lots of books all featuring Teddy Bears.
So just for fun this year, will you take your Teddy Bear to Work? I know that I will!
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