Groundhog Day comes around every year on February 2nd. It is a day many look forward to because it means the difference between 6 more long weeks of winter or an early Spring, depending on if the Groundhog sees his shadow or not. The deciding factor is done in the early morning hours in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where the whole town makes a big deal of the occasion. Punxsutawney Phil, the name of the groundhog they use for the festivities, is honored and that day and even heads of the town dress up in old fashioned attire to pull out the little fellow in his moment of glory. If the groundhog sees his shadow hold on to your hat, because there is 6 more weeks of winter and winter is not letting up any time soon. If he doesn’t see his shadow, it means an early spring. I live in Northern Indiana and it seems winter lasts forever no matter if the little groundhog saw his shadow or not. For many folks though, this day is no big deal, but for a lot of us who like reasons to eat, celebrate, and play Whack-A-Mole, it is a day great for doing just those kinds of things! Have fun!
Educate your kids on what Groundhog Day is really all about. Here are some ideas:
READ BOOKS: Go to your local library or a Book Store and read about Groundhogs and look at picture books of them. Buy one or check one out if you like it.
LEARN: Go to your Library and learn about the history of Groundhog Day and how it all started in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That town takes this day very seriously and after all, old’ Punxsutawney Phil is what put them on the map.
VISIT THESE WEBSITES: For more information about Groundhog Day and the Groundhog, click here:
Here’s info about a group of activists who want to end the groundhog using long tradition and replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot groundhog. Read more about it at this link:
LAUGH OUT LOUD: Rent or buy the DVD or Video of “GROUNDHOG DAY,” the comedy movie starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. You’ll laugh until your sides split.
BAKE: If you want a reason to make something and take it to work, try baking mincemeat pie and share it with co-workers, family or friends in honor of this day.
PLAY THE “WHACK-A-MOLE” OR “WHAC A MOLE” GAME: Go to a store like Target or Wal-Mart or Toys “R” Us and buy the game from Hasbro or Mattel and play it with your kids, or go to Chuck E. Cheese and eat there for the night (kid’s love it) and play it with a real mallet in their arcade/game room. It is fun! We had a Whack-A-Mole Game and our kids and their friends played it so much it wore out and eventually broke. If you like a less abrasive version than raising a mallet, you can also find “Whack-A-Mole” games online to play for free during your break, too, if you like. Believe me; the little mammal doesn’t mind you taking out your frustrations on him! Here is a free link (takes a minute to load):
MAKE A T-SHIRT: Use Fabric Paints from a craft store and paint a drawing of Punxsutawney Phil and “Happy Groundhog Day” or get a cool iron on to put on a new T-shirt. Wear it proudly. Maybe your workplace will let you have a dress down day where you can wear jeans and honor the little mammal with your T-shirts.
VISIT PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA: On Groundhog Day, go to Punxsutawney, PA to enjoy the huge ceremony and festivities honoring the shadow or not of Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog. Some years they have crowds upwards of 40,000!
VISIT THE VARIOUS PLACES IN PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA: This town has gone all out to bring tourists to see why they honor Punxsutawney Phil, THE WORLD FAMOUS GROUNDHOG.
FOR THE KIDS: Check these sites out for some Groundhog Day Activities and Games:
Be sure and check out my many other articles on celebrating different holidays! Have fun and Happy Groundhog Day!
WARNING: The Whack-A-Mole game is very addicting!!! ;D