Santabear is being retired. The stuffed Christmas bear was offered by Dayton's, my hometown department store, for years.
But since Dayton's has been eaten up by Macy's, like every other store in the known universe, the bears are coming to an end, too.
I'll be the first to admit I never really got the whole Santabear thing -- it just seemed like another clunky collectible that people were convinced would score them big money and never did -- although the bears were cute. In 1984, they sold 400,000 bears in three days. The 1980s were kind of a crazy time for people wanting toys that were also supposedly collectibles -- it really feels like a moment caught in time, there.