PHOTOS: Tenth Annual Teddy Bear Tea

By   •   December 5, 2017

10th Annual Teddy Bear Tea
The 10th Annual Teddy Bear Tea was held on Dec. 2, 2017 at the Billy Graham Library with the theme "A Campy Christmas." The theme was inspired by Camp Little Piney Cove, Billy and Ruth Graham's home in Montreat, North Carolina.
More than 200 children attended this event
More than 200 children enjoyed this family favorite, sold-out event. Parents joined in the festivities as well.
Two girls hold their Jesus Loves Me booklets
Each child received a BGEA-produced Jesus Loves Me booklet to take home and read with their parents.
The theme was "Campy Christmas" and each child was given a plush fox
The children also received a plush fox as this year's special stuffed animal. A Girl Scout troop attended the event and loved the camping theme, saying they plan to use it themselves as a way to share the Gospel.
The children spend time together
The children enjoyed spending time with their friends and making new ones during the tea.
The Christmas story is told and children are led in campfire songs
The Christmas story was told around the campfire, and Christmas carols were sung, such as "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World.”
The children are served s'mores cupcakes and other treats
Plates of campfire-themed goodies were served, including s'more cupcakes, Christmas cookies and Hershey kiss "acorns."
A lady speaks to the children
Library employee Sonya Johnson encouraged the children to imagine they were going camping in the chilly mountains.
Three girls smile around the Christmas tree
Sweet little girls dressed in their Christmas-best fellowshipped around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
Children held up their new plush foxes
The children excitedly held up their new plush foxes.
Child praying
Among all the busyness, the children were led in prayer and reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.
Carriage ride
Many families stayed after the tea to enjoy carriage rides and other Christmas activities at the Library. Come and join us for Christmas at the Library through Dec. 23.

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  1. Marie Hanley says:

    Awesome, just awesome.

  2. Elsie Campbell says:

    The first picture in this grouping looks exactly like my little great granddaughter Masyn.

  3. Gloria England says:

    How much fun was provided for all these precious children! Thank you! Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed, happy New Year!

  4. Fran Ollis-Franken says:

    What an awesome time the kids had at the tea. My granddaughter starts reminding me in October to please make sure that I have her ticket ordered!

  5. Margaretann Rogers says:

    It looks like an amazing time which the children will remember long afterwards.

  6. Rick & Beth Clark says:

    Beautiful God’s children!!!!

  7. Sharon Jean Daly says:

    Wonderful! I am 72-years-old and wish I could have been there with my favorite bear.

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  8. Sherri Owens Wynne says:

    The pictures are gorgeous and hearing about the Christmas spirit of JESUS CHRIST is awesome!

  9. Patricia Smith says:

    Wonderful. To see the joy on the faces of these adorable kids just fills my heart. Thank you.

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