‘Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.’ -Kin Hubbard
On this chilly morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the world renowned groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, once again emerged from his cozy dwelling. ‘The prognosticator of all prognosticators’ continues to uphold a tradition that brings delight to those both young and old year after year.
Most are familiar with the legend of this famous groundhog. It holds that if Punxsutawney Phil encounters his shadow upon rising from his burrow on February 2nd, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If Phil does not witness his shadow, warmer weather is on the horizon with an early spring expected.
Never mind that it’s not the most accurate of weather predictors, indeed statistics are not in Phil’s favor. It’s still a great excuse for some good old fashion fun. And what a joy to carry on a lighthearted past time with our families!
One festive thing we like to do on Groundhog Day is make our favorite whole grain pancakes. Using bananas, chocolate chips, and almonds, we each create our own edible groundhog. The kids enjoyed it so much this year that we actually made them twice!
While eating our scrumptious pancakes, we all gather around the table to watch Punxsutawney Phil emerge from hibernation to have his proclamation announced.
This morning, February 2, 2017, Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed, ‘It’s mighty cold weather, you’ve been braving. Is it more winter or is it summer that you’re craving? Since you’ve been up all night and starting to tottle, I, Punxsutawney Phil, shall not dawdle. My faithful followers, I could clearly see a beautiful, perfect shadow of me. Six more weeks of winter, it shall be!’
Punxsutawney Phil encountered his shadow yet again!
While many seemed dismayed to hear this prediction, we were all super excited. We haven’t had enough snow to make snow ice cream or have a decent sledding day. With some help from a little groundhog, we’re still holding on to a bit of hope for that big snow day!
Later in the afternoon, we lit our new candle and curled up with some popcorn to read our favorite Groundhog Day book Punxsutawney Phyllis.
This is pretty much our Groundhog Day plan every year, with the exception of a few groundhog themed craft projects and different books or poems thrown in.
I’m always amazed by how excited the kids get about these simple things. In reality, we’re just making pancakes, watching a short video, and reading a picture book. But put these simple things together with a much beloved groundhog, add the people you love, and you have some remarkable family memories in the making!
What’s your favorite Groundhog Day activity? Do you have a favorite book or a special tradition? Can’t wait to hear!