Feb 012014

Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring?  Will Punxsy wake up to his shadow?
Groundhog Club for Punxsy Phil Groundhog Day Puxsny
Groundhog punxsutawney phil in a can The origin of Groundhog Day began with the celebration of Candlemas Day in medieval Europe.
Candles were blessed and handed out on a day that was midpoint between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.

In Germany, the hedgehog was chosen for predicting the weather.

When the German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, they continued this tradition with a groundhog, since hedgehogs weren’t available.  In 1886, The Punxsutawney Spirit printed the first official observance in its newspaper.

We’ve celebrated Punxsutawney Phil’s debut on Groundhog Day ever since.

This tradition isn’t totally goofy, since animals are sensitive to the thawing of soil and other signs of spring.

If you’re not crazy about a cuddling a rodent on this special day, the “groundhog in a can” souvenir is available at this Punxsutawney website.


This is a recipe that allows you to play with your food.
The tootsie roll groundhogs pop up from the cookies with the help of your pinky finger.groundhog cookies recipe
The kids will love biting off the heads of their groundhog/dogs with this meal theme. Hotdog Groundhogs

The hot dog groundhogs can be placed inside cornbread muffins, a snowy mound of mashed potatoes or baked biscuits.


What fun ways do you celebrate this day?

There are lots more fun recipes at this website:http://www.sheknows.com
Enjoy many other great trips on the Photo Mondays link

  28 Responses to “Punxsy Phil and His Shadow Knows…”

  1. I love those recipes. Too cute!

  2. Well you’ve taught me something new about American history and culture again, Neva. I had no idea how the tradition began, and in fact only ever knew it as a sort of pop culture word that you hear bandied about. Thanks for sharing the background to Groundhog Day, and those cute cookies sure do look more-ish – I’d have a lot of fun with the tootsie roll groundhogs too 🙂

  3. Loved your story I had no idea what was behind Ground Hog Day, though the movie is a favourite. An oldy but a goody. xxx

    • Thanks, Rae. I love learning about these crazy things and sharing the stories. The grandkids had a blast making the groundhog cookies. Well, maybe eating them was even more fun for them.

  4. Didi not realize GHD had such a long history. Thought it started with Punxsutawney Phil (who I thought was called “Pete”.

    • Well, I’m glad I set the record straight (chuckle). I had fun finding out the details and the grandkids had fun making the tootsie roll groundhogs.

  5. Those cookies look like such fun. The icebox cookie recipe is similar to an old family favourite.

    • The grandkids had a blast making the cookies and poking the tootsie roll groundhog up and out of the middle of the cookie.

  6. This is one of those things I dearly love to do. While it doesn’t quite rise to the level of my Travel Wish List it is certainly one of those events I’d love to witness. Thanks for bringing it to life for me.

  7. I must be a kid at heart because the Tootsie Roll groundhogs look yummy!

  8. what a fun blog – we enjoyed it – exploramumourworldtrip.com

  9. As I was reading the post, I thought about how little I knew about the origin of Punxsy Phil. Then you came up with the souvenir and fun recipes and I realize I’ve been way out of touch. I haven’t celebrated Ground Hog’s Day in the past, but it’s never too late to start.

    • Cathy, you’re an honest person to acknowledge that you haven’t been celebrating this special day. I hope next year you’ll be a part of these festivities too.

  10. Who knew Punxatawny Phil had his own line of licensed merchandise — and a website!!??!! I shared this post so my Philly phriends will stop trying to blame their horrendous winter weather on my fleeing to a tropical climate. Maybe this will remind them that Phil saw his shadow and THAT’s the problem!

    • Now you know my passion for writing. I love finding these “who knew” nuggets and sharing them with others. My husband and I were going to take a trip down south to Arizona, but the weather is the same 40ish degrees. We left Wisconsin over twelve years ago and they’ve been getting wind chills of 50 below. Makes our weather seem down right balmy.
      Safe travels to you, friend.

  11. Those recipes are too funny! Ground hog day is always big in Nova Scotia. Here in Asia, of course, they have no idea 🙂

  12. Who knew Punxsutawney Phil and Ground Hog Day had such a long history. Will have to give it a bit more respect after reading this. And he’s got a line of merchandise, interesting!

    • Don’t you just love finding out stuff that’s been around forever. Finding these nuggets and sharing them is such fun!

  13. Those cookies are hilarious! I love creative ideas such as those. I no longer have the patience for such projects (running a B&B and writing a blog is all I can handle) but I still appreciate the thought process!

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