Designing A Christmas Bear

I asked in my lovely bear group if anyone would be interested in adopting a Christmas themed bear. I have made some in the past that have sadly struggled to find homes. One of my lovely collectors took me up on the offer and we got chatting about what kind of bear would make a good Christmas bear. It didn’t take long for the idea of one bear to become two bears who would be interacting.

The first bear being dressed up in reindeer antlers and the second a tiny bear made out of snow, with a carrot nose and twig arms. They could have fun together! The only request that was made by their new family was that they have lovely Christmas bells so that was a must. I got to doodling and my favourite doodle is this one …

But sometimes when you are doodling and generating ideas, the inspiration overflows and that is what happened here with these little friends. Not only did I doodle a little image of them in my notebook but they came fully fledged with their own story.

There was a bear who loved Christmas,

More than anything else.

He loved Santa and reindeer

And snowbears and elves!

He dreamt one day

That he would visit The North Pole.

He practiced his snowbears

To get used to the cold.

Now, Jolly St Nick

He is magic they say.

He could feel this bears faith,

Long before Christmas Day.

He sent him a gift,

With the first Winter’s snow.

A magical snowbear,

Named Little Snow.

Together they travelled,

Over hill, glen and dale.

One wearing twig antlers,

The other leaving snow trails.

Little Snow knew the way,

Without compass or map.

On Christmas Eve they arrived,

In the Land Of Lap!

It hasn’t been edited and maybe it could do with some work but I thought it might help you get into the Christmas Spirit. I know that working on these bears always makes me feel somewhat like one of Santa’s elves (that and the fact that I put syrup on everything!).

I painted them in watercolour once they were finished and will share photos of them with you very soon!

I hope you enjoyed the story,

Samantha Webb.

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