Christmas Traditions – Day 3 of 25

Christmas Bears
Christmas Bears

The teddy bear has a long history among many cultures. Possibly known is that the teddy bear is actually named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The following depicts the origins of the term teddy bear showing how far we have (hopefully) come.

The teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt. The name Teddy Bear comes from the November 1902 American President Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting trip to Mississippi, to which he was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino. There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already shot something. A suite of Roosevelt’s attendants, led by Holt Collier, cornered, clubbed, and tied to a willow tree an American Black Bear after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter. (Source: Wikipedia)

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