When Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, celebrated his 70th birthday in November this year, he was feted and honored by the British press. While reporters were lionizing him, they should have been “squirreling” him or doing some kind of tributes that played up his passion for saving the red squirrels of his homeland and its surrounding environs.
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for our good fortune at living in America, sharing in our nation’s bounty, and surviving and thriving for another year. Since helpful Native Americans (the first Americans, lest we forget), a ragtag group of recent upstart arrivals to the continent’s shore (the Pilgrims), and a terrain that was chilly and inhospitable all comprise our Thanksgiving story, it can be considered a “creation myth” of sorts. It’s grown to be a parable of clashing cultures that explains how these newly landed Americans learned to flourish, to expand, and ultimately to gain in strength, power, and drive. Through an exchange of trust and recipes, the First Thanksgiving dinner was held, and it is commemorated nearly 400 years later.
Douglas, or as it’s sometimes called Douglas Cuddle Toys, tackles all manner of beasts this upcoming holiday season. Borrowing a phrase from James Herriot’s beloved autobiography about being a dedicated country vet, the Douglas creative team has dreamed up cuddle toys that reflect “all creatures great and small.” These 2018 arrivals are tiny enough to cradle in the palm of one’s hands, or big enough to giddy up and ride. It’s a plethora of plush possibilities, and there’s definitely a breed and a genre to delight every arctophile and stuffed-animal enthusiast on your holiday list.