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In honor of Holidays around the world, this page is dedicated to Unofficial Holidays and the month of January. Listed below is our research finding on Winnie the Pooh Day, subject facts, it's origin and creator of this annual observance.
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Winnie The Pooh Day:  January 18
Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated annually on January 18th in the United States.
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Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

Enjoy an outdoor adventure party with all your friends from Ashdown forest. Plan your party with Winnie the Pooh & his friends and follow their adventures through the 100 acre woods. Ashdown Forest
Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne.
Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher's toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher. Gopher was added to the Disney version. Christopher Robin's toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.

Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and "Pooh", a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear "Winnie" after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Winnie" was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much loved attraction there. Pooh the swan appears as a character in its own right in When We Were Very Young.
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator of this day.
We DO know why this holiday was created but we don't know by who.

Why January and Why the 18th day? 
We know that January 18 is the birthday of A. A. Milne in 1882 so we understand why the day was picked but we don't know the date it was created. This holiday is referred to as a "National" day- However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So enjoy the day and have fun with it.

We found recognition about this holiday:
 from calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. Some sites talk about great characters created by great people and other sites simply discuss how much their kids love Winnie the Poor and all his friends (Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo). Many people grew up loving Pooh Bear and all his adventures so they pass on all the fun to their children and grandchildren. 

  • Some grammer schools use this day as an introduction to Mr. Milne by discussing his famous Pooh Bear and many of his other stories- as part of Library day when the children learn about books.
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About Winnie the Pooh
Wikipedia encyclopedia tells us "Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh Bear and once referred to as Edward Bear, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne." "The character first appeared in book form in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928)." "Milne also included several poems about Winnie-the-Pooh in the children’s poetry books When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six." " All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard."

"The hyphens in the character's name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes that became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide."

"The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, notably including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the first foreign-language book to be featured on the New York Times Best Seller List, and is the only book in Latin ever to have been featured therein." / documentation_license
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How can I Celebrate this holiday?
  • Enjoy an outdoor adventure party with all your friends from Ashdown forest. Plan your party with Winnie the Pooh & his friends and follow their adventures through the 100 acre woods.
  • All kids love costume parties so plan a party where all the kids dress like their favorite character in Winnie the Pooh. (Bear, pig, donkey, owl, tiger, kangaroo or be Christopher)
  • The Winnie the Pooh stories are set in Ashdown forest so plan a outdoors party in the woods. Set up a great party table among the trees and have the kids walk through the trees to the party table as if they are going on an adventure just like the Winnie the Pooh characters do in their stories.
  • Idea: Host a Winnie the Pooh cartoon night and watch a whole run of Winnie the Pooh on tv.
  • Idea: Read a Winnie the Pooh book to the kids.
  • Winnie the Pooh loves honey so be sure to serve some honey inspired treats.
  • Give a calendar as a gift so they will never forget the holiday again! Amazon has a huge selection of many different theme calendars.
  • Send Free Internet Invitations!  -  If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them by email with these fun Internet Invitations. They are always fun & FREE!

If you are new to this holiday:
If you are new to this holiday; then maybe you would like to find more information about this subject. We found that Amazon.com is a popular Internet Site for finding books, supplies and more.


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Other Bear Holidays
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10)
  • Have a Party with Your Bear Day (November 16)
This day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A. Milne in 1882 by celebrating one of his biggest creations, Winnie the Pooh. (Pooh Bear)