Groundhog Day – A Furry History and 2015 Predictions

Dear Readers:

Happy Groundhog Day! Oh, and welcome to another cold wintery edition of our blog post here at L Think Crew. I thought I would talk a little bit about the history of the groundhog and what’s in store for winter 2015.

A Woodchuck Kind of History
Groundhogs, or woodchucks, go into hibernation over the winter months and typically emerge in March. The tradition of finding out whether a groundhog could see its shadow comes from two historical sources – the Christian tradition of Candlemas with priests handing out blessed candles to predict how long winter would be, and Germans using the hedgehog to predict weather. Fast forward a few hundred years and the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

The Furry Predictions For 2015
As for the predictions in 2015, there were mixed results. Some of our furry friends coming out of their burrow, saw his shadow, and predicted six more weeks of winter (shout outs to: Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil). Other woodchucks disagreed with this assessment by refusing to acknowledge their shadow and thus predicting an early spring (huzzah to: Wiarton, Ont.’s Wiarton Willie and Winnipeg Willow).  So, who do you want to believe?

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