Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Will Punxsy wake up to his shadow?
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.
The kids will love biting off the heads of their groundhog/dogs with this meal theme.
The hot dog groundhogs can be placed inside cornbread muffins, a snowy mound of mashed potatoes or baked biscuits.