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Build-a-Bear Is Selling Stuffed Animals Inspired by "A Christmas Story"

Marisa LaScala
Photo credit: Build-a-Bear

From Country Living

  • Build-A-Bear released a line of stuffed animals inspired by your favorite Christmas movies.
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, and The Polar Express are just some of the movies represented.
  • The bears will not be available in all Build-A-Bear stores.

Build-A-Bear is no stranger to the big movie tie-in. Earlier this year, the store made a splash when it announced a line of bears to celebrate the release of Frozen II. And now, just in time for the holidays, it's come out with a series of bears inspired by characters from top Christmas movies. (If there's a Build-a-Bear fan on your list, consider your holiday gift sorted!)

And the bears are all incredibly cute: There's an Eddie bear from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, one dressed like Ralphie in his bunny suit from A Christmas Story, and another all done up in PJs like he's from The Polar Express. (The Polar Express bear is a beautiful shade of blue with a snowflake pattern on it. It's even carrying a sleigh bell!)

There are even some non-bear characters, too: You can build a Grinch, if that's more your holiday spirit — bah humbug! There's also Snoopy, who could either come dressed in a puffy winter coat and hat, or an aviator outfit befitting a World War I flying ace. And you can also build a Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse, and dress them up in Christmas sweaters, topped off with Santa hats.

The catch: You won't be able to find these cuties in Build-a-Bear stores. Most of these are online exclusives, and you have to head to the website to order them. And many of them are only able to be ordered pre-stuffed, meaning you can't take them to the store and have the experience of stuffing them yourself. If that in-store experience is the main draw for you, the Snow Much Fun bear is also an online-only festive bear, but you can buy it unstuffed and bring it to the store. It doesn't have that classic movie tie-in feeling, but it's still pretty adorable!

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