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Nighty-night, Teddy: Do thoughts of Peru and pots of honey dance in your bear’s brain? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 09 December 2013 09:58

Paddington looks like he’s off to Dreamland in his PJs and rain hat.
You know that discovering an oversize honey jar must fill Pooh’s slumber.
Vermont Teddy Bear always offers cute cubs in an array of adorable outfits.
This VTB is looking proud and pleased with herself in her hot pink pajamas.
Decked out in leopard print PJ’s, this little miss models an outfit from accessories and costume resource Build Your Bears
The Steiff “Sleep Well” teddy bear is certainly pretty in pink . . .
. . . and her brother bear is brilliant in blue.
Russ Berrie pampers this princess bear in her pink nighttime ensemble.
Tatty Teddy is a great way to convey a message. He’s the perfect “get well” picker-upper.
What red-blooded teddy bear wouldn’t love a pair of bright red dino pajamas?
Why let all the bears have all the fun? Hello Kitty looks snazzy in her sleepy time attire.
Boofle Dog is the cat’s meow in his Christmas pajamas.
Paddington looks like he’s off to Dreamland in his PJs and rain hat.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m busy doing some Christmas dreaming! In between purchases, decorating the house (and the tree in about 5 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes), card sending, and holiday planning, I’m still finding time to just kick back and imagine how sweet the Noel celebration is going to be.

Yes, Christmas dreaming is a luxury that I wait all year to indulge in. I am a pretty busy person, and I don’t have much “me” time. For the two weeks leading up to Christmas, and then right up to Epiphany Sunday, I permit myself to envision all the best things that I’d like to give or wish for my friends and family members.

It’s more liberating than a weeklong cruise or a Club Med getaway. Just clear your head, close your eyes, and visualize everything you’d like to bestow upon the people who are near and dear to your heart.

Imagining what joy you can provide for them, or forecasting what happy surprises you’d like them to encounter in the upcoming months and years, is a way to revitalize your own spirit and sense of well-being. I highly recommend it.

Apparently, settling down for a long winter’s nap and nesting in one’s special PJs is a favorite pastime for teddy bears too (and I’m guessing for teddy bear artists as well).

There are so many absolutely adorable Teddies that are posed and positioned in their bedtime attire. They seem to be scampering to go to sleep, and you just know that their kindhearted teddy bear minds are dreaming up a bunch of fun things to do with their special human friend.

That raises a very interesting topic: what do teddy bears dream about?

There’s a famous Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (the inspiration for “Blade Runner”) and it considers what would a robot/artificial life-form be snoozing and aspiring to?

So, then, teddy bear friends, when you imagine your plush pal as a real-live family member—a character that has personality and charisma to spare—what do you think a teddy bear would be reaching for?

In the case of Winnie the Pooh, we know it’s honey. Naturally, his days and nights would be spent dreaming up visions of big globs of honey. He wouldn’t care a whit if his head got stuck in a jar. As long as he could taste its sweet goodness, Pooh was as happy as could be.  (Of course, to be even more glad, he’d imagine his companion Christopher Robin ambling beside him.)

Which other teddy bears have known personalities and recognizable résumés? Paddington? Perhaps he would dream of the “darkest parts of Peru,” from where he hailed. Or, maybe he’d slumber and think about how crowded and noisy his time was at the Paddington Railway Station, before the Brown family adopted him. Paddington has quite a storied background—surviving an earthquake, being orphaned, traveling around the world—his dreams would be peppered with a lot of possibilities.

It’s daunting to follow in the footpads of these very famous fellows. Winnie and Paddington have legions of admirers, and their antics have been chronicled by their original authors, screenplay writers, and fan fiction, too.

That’s one of the best parts of being an arctophile (or teddy bear collector, in more common terms). Though you know that your hug is growing larger, and that the critters dominating your room are the creations of very talented men and women, there is still a part of you that wishes—yes, Christmas dreams—that your bears could have a secret, animated life.

I don’t mean “animated” like Teddy Ruxpin or Yogi Bear. I mean “animated” like Woody and Buzz and Jessie from “Toy Story.” They’re fully evolved, fully sentient, fully feeling! Wouldn’t it be merry, indeed, if the collection that has brought you so much happiness and enjoyment was free to wander about and find some of its own?

Who knows? Perhaps as we enter this most magical time of the year, our teddy bears and their friends are sprinkled with an unseen portion of North Pole magic.

And what do you think your teddy bear Christmas dreams about?

I think it’s pretty fair to say that it includes YOU.