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National Hug a Bear Day

Give your favorite stuffed animal a big hug - it's National Hug a Bear Day! Share the love and spread the joy with hugs for everyone.
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Celebrate National Hug a Bear Day on Nov. 7 by giving your favorite teddy bear an extra special hug! This day was created to honor the beloved stuffed animals that have been providing comfort and joy to children of all ages for centuries. Whether it's a big grizzly or a tiny panda, these cuddly companions are sure to put smiles on faces and warm hearts everywhere!

History of National Hug a Bear Day

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National Hug a Bear Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1902</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Teddy Bear Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Teddy Bear, named after President Theodore Roosevelt, was created by Morris Michtom and has since served as a symbol of comfort and joy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1921</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Winnie-the-Pooh is Born</div><div class='timeline-text'>Alan Alexander Milne's creates Winnie-the-Pooh, a beloved anthropomorphic teddy bear character in children's books.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Smokey Bear's Rise to Fame</div><div class='timeline-text'>Smokey Bear becomes a famous icon promoting fire safety messages and is often celebrated during National Hug a Bear day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Care Bears Debut</div><div class='timeline-text'>Care Bears, colourful plush bears each with a unique belly badge representing their duty and personality, were introduced by American Greetings.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bear Hugs for Healing</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 2000s, hospitals and charities regularly began using teddy bears to comfort children undergoing medical procedures or experiencing trauma.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Hug a Bear Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 2010s marked a period when National Hug a Bear Day really gained popularity, celebrated annually on November 7th as a day to appreciate our beloved stuffed animals.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Hug a Bear Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to the zoo</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local zoo and get up close and personal with some of the animals. You can actually hug some of the animals, like the koalas!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a plush bear</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head to your local store and pick out a plush bear to adopt and hug all year round. You can even name it and make it part of the family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a teddy bear picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up your teddy bears and head outside for an afternoon picnic. Enjoy sandwiches, drinks, and snacks while having conversations with your favorite stuffed animals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a bear drive</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a drive in your community to collect teddy bears for those in need. Donate them to homeless shelters or hospitals so people can have something to hug.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a bear movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Snuggle up with some popcorn and watch The Bear or Brother Bear for some cuddly fun on National Hug a Bear Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Hug a Bear Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Hugs are comforting</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What better way to show someone you care than by giving them a hug? Hugs have been shown to reduce stress, boost self-confidence and even alleviate physical pain. A hug from a bear can do all that plus give you an extra dose of warmth and security!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bears are cuddly</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a bear? With their soft fur and big eyes, they’re practically made for hugs! Plus, the fact that they're so much bigger than humans means you can get a really good, tight squeeze - it's perfect for when you want some extra comfort!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bear hugs make us happy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't feel happier after getting an adorable bear hug? When we embrace our fuzzy friends, it helps us relax and connect with something larger than ourselves. Not to mention it's just plain fun! So why not take advantage of National Hug a Bear Day and do something nice for yourself (or your favorite teddy bear)?</p></div></div>

5 Heartwarming Facts for Hug a Bear Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Teddy bears date back to the 20th Century</h3><p class='facts-content'>The concept of a teddy bear comes from the early 20th Century, designed as a toy in the shape of a bear. Toy bears became popular because of President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a bear during a hunting expedition.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Teddy Bears are used in Therapies</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to their ability to provide comfort, teddy bears are often used in therapies, acting as transitional objects for children in unsettling situations. They provide solace, security and can help ease anxiety.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Largest Teddy Bear Collection</h3><p class='facts-content'>Guinness World Records lists Jackie Miley of the United States as the owner of the largest teddy bear collection. By 2011, Miley had amassed over 8,026 different teddy bears from all corners of the globe.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are Several Highly Collectible Teddy Bears</h3><p class='facts-content'>Rare and historic teddy bears can command high prices from collectors. For instance, the Steiff 'Louis Vuitton' Bear sold for an astronomical $2.1 million at a 2000 auction.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Teddies are Typically About Hugs</h3><p class='facts-content'>The term 'teddy bear' itself emphasizes the intent of teddies to provide comfort and companionship – much akin to giving a big, warm hug. The holiday serves as a reminder of the importance of love and care towards others.</p></div></div>

National Hug a Bear Day FAQs

When is National Hug a Bear Day?

National Hug a Bear Day is celebrated on November 7 every year. In 2024 National Hug a Bear Day will occur on a Thursday.

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