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January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then it's time to get in touch with your inner child because it's Winnie the Pooh Day!  The story of Winnie the Pooh is so widespread that it deserves its own holiday!  Let's get right into celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because the creator of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne, was born on this day in 1882! A. A. Milne was actually taught by H. G. Wells in 1889 to 1890; crazy huh?  Milne created the first Winnie the Pooh story in 1926. The story was about a boy named Christopher Robin, who was named after his son (Christopher Robin Milne). The other characters in the story were actually inspired by his son's stuffed animals! You can actually see the original stuffed animals that inspired this story on display at the New York Public Library

Winnie the Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear who was used as a military mascot in World War I, whose name happened to be Winnie. And Pooh was the name of a swan that they came across while on vacation. E. H. Shepard, the illustrator for the original books, actually used his son's teddy bear as the model for how he drew good ol' Pooh Bear. And the Hundred Acre Wood, where the stories took place, was actually inspired by a real place called Five Hundred Acre Wood.  This story spawned at least 10 movies, radio broadcasts, audio, theatre and TV shows... I'm sure A. A. Milne would be proud that his story still lives on today!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So what can you do to celebrate today?  Well, you could pick up a copy of one of the books and read it to your kids today... or even read it yourself if you don't have kids!  There are many different books for you to choose from.  Or if books don't interest you, you could watch one of the classic Winnie the Pooh movies or TV Shows.  Don't worry, I won't tell anyone if you decide to watch it on your own ;).  If you never were introduced to Pooh Bear as a kid then this would be a great opportunity to learn about the world of Pooh.  I'm sure you'll be humming the theme song before the day's over.
 
Or you could make yourself some treats covered in one of Pooh's favorite snacks... honey!  Figure out some different ways to incorporate honey into your eating habits today.  You could even use it in place of the sugar in your coffee or tea.  Or you could dress your kids up as their favorite Winnie the Pooh characters and have a fun day of make believe together.  And if none of these ideas sound appealing to you then you can always take your kids, or yourself, on a quick shopping trip and buy a bunch of Pooh-related items.  You'd really be surprised at how many different things you can find that have characters on them from the Winnie the Pooh stories!  I hope you have fun doing whatever you decide to do and I hope it's not a blustery day!





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