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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 24

And so this is it – we have almost come to the end of our literary advent calendar! But before we depart and leave you to your mulled wine and mince pies, there’s just time for one more special Christmas Eve-themed fact.

The recent Paddington film has come out in cinemas in time for Christmas, which is quite fitting given the origins of Paddingtonthis beloved character from children’s literature. He was created by Michael Bond, but how Bond happened upon the real-life teddy bear that inspired the character is a heartwarming Christmas tale.

Bond bought ‘Paddington Bear’ in 1956. He felt sad for the teddy bear as it was the only toy left on the shop’s shelves on Christmas Eve. Bond named the bear Paddington as he was living near the famous railway station in London at the time.

Image: The Paddington Bear statue at London Paddington railway station (author: Matt Buck), Wikimedia Commons.

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Posted on December 24, 2014, in Literature and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Our six foot Paddington Bear and I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and the best for the New Year.

  2. Great story! It reminds me of Corduroy the bear. :)

  3. I never knew that whilst always having loved Pad. Thanks and merry Christmas!

  4. Fabulous image! Wishing you a happy holiday.

  5. In the USA, it’ll come out early January. Looks like a cute movie.

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