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 this 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.