Tuesday, September 9, 2014

National Teddy Bear Day

9th Day of September
Presented by the Palm Springs Guru

National Teddy Bear Day takes place in the USA, every year, on September 9th. Initially an American specific holiday National Teddy Bear Day is increasingly being celebrated by teddy bear aficionados across the world.
The Palm Springs Guru has done considerable research and still cannot locate the record of the origin of this holiday or why this particular date was chosen. Research will continue and I will interview more teddy bears in my attempt to learn the answer.
Teddy bears are, of course, named after America’s 26th President, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.
The name came about after a 1902 hunting expedition. The hunt had found no game, so at the end of the day someone brought out a baby bear and suggested that Roosevelt might like to shoot it instead. Roosevelt understandably felt that this was not exactly sporting and refused.
The incident was illustrated in a newspaper cartoon entitled "Drawing the Line" - which also referred to the political situation at the time.
An enterprising New York toymaker saw an opportunity and brought out a cute stuffed bear named "Teddy's Bear". The rest, as they say, is history.
Today people buy teddy bears across the world, not just for young children but often for themselves as collectibles. Some early teddy bears by well-known names such as Steiff or Gund are rare and much sought after by enthusiasts.
So if anyone deserves an annual holiday it's certainly the teddy bear. How they celebrate their special day depends on their owner. Some people like to take their teddy bear out on a trip, others like to organize a toy party and perhaps even buy their teddy bear gifts. If all inspiration fails, there's always the traditional teddy bear picnic - I've never known any teddy bear turn down a teddy bear picnic.
For the record, there is another National Teddy Bear Day. It is in the month of November. That special day was created by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in 2000 to celebrate the contribution the teddy has made to popular culture.
Notice for all Teddy Bears: Teddy Bear Day is NOT an official holiday. You do not get the day off. You still have an important, two-fold, job and that is to be hugable and loveable.
Teddy Bears love Palm Springs and the greater Palm Springs area. In fact, when I interviewed teddy bears, nine out of 1o teddy bears agreed that Palm Springs is the ideal place to visit, shop, dine, stay, work, play, relax, refresh and rejuvenate.
Thank you to our friends at for providing information regarding National Teddy Bear Day.

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