Winnie the Pooh has been a childhood favorite for generations. Originally created in 1926, his stories have sparked wholesome, honey-loving, childhood dreams for nearly a century. Although there are many other characters within the Winnie the Pooh universe (Kanga, Rabbit, Roo, and Tigger — just to name a few), there is not doubt that the bear wearing a red shirt — with his fist shoved into a jar of honey — is most certainly a fan favorite. National Winnie the Pooh Day, on January 18, is your time to return to the Hundred Acre Wood!
National Winnie the Pooh Day - History
March 11, 1977
The fist Winnie the Pooh cartoon made its debut
Disney released the animated film,"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh."
Pooh found success in book form.
The story of Winnie the Pooh hit the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List.
Winnie the Pooh first appeared in print
A.A. Milne released his first volume of stories about the Hundred Acre Wood, titled "Winnie-the-Pooh."
January 18, 1882
Happy Birthday, A.A. Milne
A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born.
National Winnie the Pooh Day Activities
1. Introduce a child to Winnie the Pooh
To celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day, share the magic of this wonderful character by introducing him to a child in your life. Seeing the magic of Winnie through the eyes of children is quite an experience.
2. Watch a Winnie the Pooh cartoon
We most definitely will not judge you for lounging on the couch while munching on a PB & J sandwich and watching Winnie the Pooh. Who knows, there might even be time for a nap at the end of an episode.
3. Take a visit to Pooh Corner
Visit the place where all of the magic happened. If you have the time and budget, there are tours available throughout the areas of southeast England that helped inspire author A.A. Milne to write his beloved stories.
5 Things You Never Knew About Pooh
1. There was a time before Tigger
Believe it or not, Tigger didn't actually appear until the second Winnie the Pooh story, "The House at Pooh Corner."
2. Is that a penguin?
In 2016, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh, a new friend, Penguin, was introduced into the Hundred Acre Wood mix.
3. Winnie was a real bear
The character of Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real, Canadian black bear named Winnie.
4. "I'm a real boy!"
The character of Christopher Robin was inspired by A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne.
5. Inspired by a true story
The characters of Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Roo were all came from stuffed animals that the real-life Christopher Robin owned.
Why We Love National Winnie the Pooh Day
A. Almost everyone knows about Winnie the Pooh
So many of us have grown up loving the story of Winnie and all of his friends who reside in the Hundred Acre Wood. It's cool that we have these shared childhood memories.
B. It's nostalgic
Winnie the Pooh is certainly one of those characters that brings us back to a time when our moms would read us a bedtime story. Or maybe it was just sitting and watching Winnie in cartoon form on TV.
C. Winnie is popular throughout the world
The story of Winnie the Pooh has been translated into tons of different languages. In fact, since Winnie's creation, at least one of his stories has always been in print.