National American Teddy Bear Day

The "Coco Bear" at the Vermont Teddy Bear FactoryOrigins
National American Teddy Bear Day was started by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in 2000 to honor the toys that have become a popular part of American culture. NATB Day is also said to honor President Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902.

Actual Date
Sources say November 14, but the Vermont Teddy Bear Company always celebrates on November 10.

Other Interesting Tid-Bits
  • On November 10, there is a 10% discount on everything in stock at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company store and at the Waterbury Bear Shop.
  • The first teddy bear was technically made in Germany, though their teddy bears were simply referred to as "bears" and were very gruff in comparison to today's teddy bears.
  • The first American teddy bear was said to have been inspired by Roosevelt's compassion toward the legendary bear cub that he refused to shoot.

Citations
http://vtbear.stores.yahoo.net/teddybearday.html

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