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#1 of Old 10-04-2001, 10:16 AM - Thead Starter
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I have never actually made these for Christmas, but they are cute, and you can make them in any size. It’s quick, simple, and cheap. But you could go all out and make them as fancy as you want to.

I got one of the jointed bears that you can buy at the craft store. I have used all sizes. (My Grandma used bigger ones and actually made a little 12x12 quilt to go with them.) I just used a small square of calico fabric and tied it with a ribbon and hot glued it in the little bear’s hand. Then I attached this poem with a piece of ribbon. (You will understand more what I mean about the “quilt” after you read the poem.)

I'm not a very fancy bear-I'm plain and rather small.
Even so, someone who likes you said I should come to call.
Hide me underneath your pillow or set me on a nearby shelf.
And when you feel discouraged I will do my best to help.
I've brought my favorite blanket that I snuggle when I'm sad,
It's a present from my Granny, made for days when things seem bad.
My Granny always told me, "Life is just like this patchwork quilt.
Just give Jesus all the pieces and He'll make a pretty quilt."
Sometimes I don't see the pattern-sometimes he seems far away.
Then I clutch my favorite blanket, and I pray and pray and pray.
Though I don't have all the answers, (for I'm just a "Burden Bear")
I've been sent here on a mission from someone who really cares.
When you see me, please remember:
YOU are in their thoughts and prayers.
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#2 of Old 10-05-2001, 02:20 PM
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my mom used to make a similar bear but the poem was different and you were to give it to somone who was going through a rough time and write a message on the card and then when they were feeling better they were supposed to give it to someone else who was going through something. i think that she called it a pass around bear but I am not sure.
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