Sustainable Phil: The History of Groundhog Day

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Hi, I’m sustainable Phil.  I’m the sustainable groundhog.  I am really sustainable!  I was made out of wool and bamboo!

February 2nd is pretty cool, isn’t it?  Yep, I come out of my hole to and check out my shadow.  If I don’t see it -YAY – I stay out and play.  If I see it – it scares me, and I go back into my hole for 6 more weeks.  Do you know what that means?  6 more weeks of winter!


Do you know that at the beginning, it wasn’t a groundhog at all?  It was actually a hedgehog.  Cool, eh?  Groundhog day comes from Candlemas day – a tradition of early Christian Europeans.  On Candlemas day, clergy blessed candles and distributed them to the people.  It marked an important day which predicted how long winter would last – depending upon the weather.


According to the Old English Song

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.


Another variation of the Scottish rhyme

If Candlemas day be dry and fair,
The half o’ winter to come and mair,
If Candlemas day be wet and foul,
The half of winter’s gone at Yule.


The Roman Legions supposedly brought the tradition to the Germans – and said if the Hedgehog sees his shadow, there will be another 6 weeks of winter.  The early German settlers in Pennsylvania (having a good amount of groundhogs – which resemble hedgehogs) changed the tradition.  From then on, if the Groundhog sees his shadow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania there will be another 6 weeks of winter.

Check out the videos of past predictions!


Do you think I will see my shadow?


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  1. LOL! Thank you, Phil, for your guest post! πŸ™‚ I don’t really believe in the whole prediction thing (unless it’s that Spring is coming – then I’ll be a believer just for hope’s sake!)
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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Emma. Gray really loved Sustainable Phil. He was a big hit. I wonder if he saw his shadow. You know, I never really paid attention to groundhog day. It’s fun though, thinking about it. Groundhogs are pretty cute to look at. :). It’s been pretty frigid here. I think I’m ready for spring to come, but I don’t want it to be warm, cold, warm again. When it comes, I just want it to come.

      I hope you have a great Sunday!
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  2. Hi, Sustainable Phil!

    What a lovely post. We met the groundhog Phil a few years back, when Neighbor Girl was quite young. (One of the advantages of living not so far from where he is located). The gentlemen who take care of him have quite a job and pamper that Groundhog. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the interesting facts. Have a super rest of the winter. πŸ˜‰
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  3. Interesting insight into Punxsutawney Phil’s background. How did they go from candles to hedgehogs, I wonder?
    Stopping by from the Mommy Monday blog hop.
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  4. very cute and thanks for the info sustainable Phil. You did see your shadow again, but that;s cool, I love winter!
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  5. Cute!
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