In older times Candlemas was a day to have your candles blessed by the priest. This is connected to the fact that Jesus is known as The Light of the World. Candlemas was also a day that was to foretell the weather. This is a traditional German poem about Candlemas Day:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
The Germans used a hedgehog, but when they came to America, they had to settle for a groundhog. So, what exactly should one do on Groundhog Day? Well, first the day should be spent by candlelight! Kids, especially, will have a ball with this, but who doesn't love to have dinner by candlelight? Since it is still so dark in the morning, a candlelight breakfast is a must! Now, I have read about many connections between pancakes and Groundhog Day, but I have yet to understand exactly WHY pancakes are traditional on Candlemas/Groundhog Day. But, since it is a celebration, why not go all out? I found this post about Groundhog Pancakes that I thought was adorable:
Alison, the author of the AMAZING blog HowDoesShe has some great ideas too! And how can I talk about Groundhog Day without mentioning Secrets of a Super Mommy's blog!?! She does an awesome Silly Socks Valentine Day Advent/Countdown that includes lots of Groundhog Day fun! They dined on the floor and ate a groundhog-shaped meatloaf!
I decided that I would extend the fun to my students this year and made them Groundhog Grub treat bags filled with gummi worms. I really like how they came out:
Last year, we planned on attending the Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo to see what Staten Island Chuck's prediction would be, but we had a bad snowstorm! So we didn't attend, but we did stay home and have fun anyway! We cooked chocolate chip pancakes and I picked up a store-bought cake that I decorated with a groundhog statue that I have and buried him in graham crackers to make it look like he was coming out of the ground. It came out cute! And our daughter had a lot of fun too :)
I would love to hear about any fun things/traditions or ideas you have for Groundhog Day!