Oh, no! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow! That means 6 more weeks of winter. Can it be true?
No, it’s not, he did not see his shadow:-))
The tradition is that if a groundhog sees his shadow while looking around in February, he will get scared and go back into his burrow, not to come out until March. Thus, the idea of six more weeks of winter was born.
A groundhog, or whistle pig, goes into hibernation in the late fall. Male groundhogs emerge from their burrows to look for a mate in February then go underground again. Both genders come out of hibernation for good in March. They are the ideal animal for this tradition.
In 1887, the Punxsutawney newspaper declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog. Today, thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each February 2 to witness Phil’s prediction. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three-day festival celebrating the event.
By the way, a groundhog is famous for one other thing. It’s also known as a woodchuck, as in “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
So, what’s the weather like in YOUR neck of the woods?
OK, who are you rooting for? It’s almost all over now – the Super Bowl starts Sunday at 6:30PM Eastern. Fortunately, you should be done with all your clues by then! But, just to give you a head start, here are the
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that my birthday is Christmas Eve. Lest you think that’s a terrible day for a birthday child, it wasn’t really. My mother made sure she got everything Christmas done ahead of time, and we actually had a birthday celebration for me.
It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I realized how inconvenient that all was. Holy cow, I could barely keep up with Christmas, never mind adding MY birthday to the mix! People wanted to “treat” me, not realizing I had a million other things to do that didn’t involve taking time off.
So I started the tradition of giving out presents to other people on my birthday, and yes, you have one coming!