I don’t know about you but I’ve always been a fan of Groundhog Day — I’m not entirely sure why but I find it an appealing holiday. Perhaps because it focuses on such a cute furry critter — which I grew up calling a woodchuck by the way. Or perhaps its because I always live in hope that something, anything will bring winter to an early close! I’m just not a winter person.
So today is Groundhog Day and the first thing the kids and I did this morning was to look for news about Punxsutawney Phil. In case you missed it, he is predicting 6 more weeks of winter — sigh. My only hope in this case is the fact that he only has a 39% accuracy rate! Cuteness obviously counts for a lot when you’re a groundhog predicting the weather!
We also read two excellent books in preparation for Groundhog’s Day this year — one a non-fiction book for kids about the history of Groundhog’s Day (title coming later since Mac took the book to school to share) and the other was Punxsutawney Phyllis about a girl groundhog who dreams of taking Uncle Phil’s place as the annual weather predictor. The kids thought it was a nice twist on the typical story and enjoyed it.
It also gave my daughter a “great idea” as she put it — if Phyllis could be the all-important Groundhog guru then why not a Guinea Pig named Magic. Groundhog, Guinea Pig — sure, why not?!
So after we checked in on Phil and everyone was dressed for school we trooped outside with Magic the Magnificent, our own personal weather prognosticator.
Here she is ready to make her debut:
Yes, unfortunately, as you can see in the next (dramatically staged!) photo, Magic the Magnificent saw her shadow and was forced to agree with Punxsutawney Phil about the continuance of winter — well, fine, just be that way!
Despite this gloomy forecast Magic the Magnificent received the adulation due to her as she made her way inside to a celebratory feast of carrots and parsley.
And there you have it, the First Annual Guinea Pig Winter Prediction by Magic the Magnificent. You may discuss among yourselves now and prepare for the next six (long) weeks of winter. I’m personally considering hibernation!!
If you would like to see the Groundhog Day craft we did last year (which Alex saved to hang up again this year — yes, we are the family that decorates for Groundhog Day, don’t you?!) you can find it here:
- Happy Groundhog Day! (neatorama.com)
- Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Predicts More Winter (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- I Saw Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day! (mediumjoe.wordpress.com)
- Groundhog Day And a Haiku or Two (dyingbraincells.wordpress.com)
- Groundhog Day: Thousands Watch Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow (newsfeed.time.com)
- Happy Groundhog Day! (mattdantodd.wordpress.com)
- Groundhogs behaving badly: When forecasting critters go rogue (mercurynews.com)