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.
Bears With a Mission is a new teddy bear show and sale scheduled for Jan. 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station in San Diego. The show is organized by bear artist Cindy Malchoff, who also organizes the annual Teddy Bear Artist Invitational (TBAI) show in Syracuse, New York.
The one-day show will feature artist, Steiff, and vintage teddy bears and friends, along with bear-making supplies and a Good Bears of the World booth. More than 20 exhibitors have already signed up for the show. Admission is free, and there will be raffles and door prizes, along with light refreshments. Free-will donations will be contributed to research and conservation projects for gray whales.
Friday evening, Jan. 11, attendees can join a group outing to the Birch Aquarium, then out to dinner “Dutch treat.” Advance notice is required to join the group — contact the show organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. For more information about the show and hotel, go to www.bearswithamission.com.
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.