Did you know that September 9th was National Teddy Bear Day? Before you dismiss this as a non-significant event, close your eyes, and think back to your childhood.
Did you own a teddy bear? For most of us, the answer is YES!
History of National Teddy Bear Day
The teddy bear has been popular in the United States since the early 1900’s. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was bear hunting on a diplomatic trip in Mississippi in 1902. He was unable to locate a single bear, so his assistants tied a bear cub to a tree for him to easily shoot. President Roosevelt thought this was “unsportsmanlike” and refused to shoot the baby bear. Stories of this incident spread, and soon bears were being made and given as gifts.
Since then, Teddy Bears have been found throughout childhood history. Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Teddy Ruxpin, the Care Bears, the Berenstein Bears, Boyd’s Bears, Santa Bear, Beanie Baby bears, Build-A-Bear, Smokey the Bear, and more have passed through our homes to provide soothing snuggles over the generations.
Police and firemen collect and distribute teddy bears to children they rescue. A simple hug from a teddy bear can bring a smile to a child who has been a victim of trauma. The teddy bear has truly become an American representation of love and support.
Go ahead, gather your teddy bears, bake some cookies, and enjoy a teddy bear picnic with your children!