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Christmas 2020

December 21, 2020

"May you live in interesting times" is a supposed traditional Chinese curse. While it seems to be a fitting epitome for the year 2020, its Chinese origin is apocryphal.

Freddy Bear in face mask

Pandemic Christmas Bear. Freddy Bear was a stuffed teddy bear sold by Fisher-Price in the mid-1970s. Interestingly, a trademark for Freddy Bear (Trademark classification, IC 028) wasn't issued until March 23, 1983, to Harfred Furs, Inc.. While that company's name might not be familiar, its owner, Fred Schwartz (1931–2016), better known as "Fred the Furrier," might be. Harfred Furs no longer exists, and the Freddy Bear trademark is presently owned by Fred Meyer Stores. (Photos by author.)

Tikalon is on Christmas holiday through the end of the year, and I'll be practicing the appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols with my household family.[1] The next article is scheduled for Monday, January 4, 2021.


  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) website at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

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