It’s February 2nd, and you know what that means…GROUNDHOG DAY!!! Did anyone recognize the title of this post from the movie?
Sophia, Cassandra and Zara wanted to celebrate, so I dug out some pins I had and my stuffed Punxsutawney Phil:
The one on the left I got from CafePress a couple of years ago for a party we were having at the office. The one on the right I picked up when I went to see Xyra at Coolspring, someone from Punxsutawney was set up there selling souvenirs. The stuffed Phil came from the Groundhogstuff.com site.
The girls plan on continuing the celebration this evening with a viewing of the movie “Groundhog Day”. It’s a favorite around here, and we haven’t watched it for a while. Did you know that the movie wasn’t even filmed in Pennsylvania?!?! It was filmed in Illinois, not far from Chicago. And let me just tell you, I’ve been to the real Punxsutawney, and it looks nothing like the town in the film!
So how did Groundhog Day get started? Well, it has it’s roots in European (most specifically German) lore, but the animal was either a badger or a bear, not a groundhog. I’m not sure how it got changed, other than the fact that groundhogs are plentiful throughout Pennsylvania. If he comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, it means that there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he doesn’t see it, then it is supposed to mean an early spring. I personally liked the version that a friend’s dad had of it–“if he sees his shadow, it’s 6 more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t, it means 42 days!”