This year, on February 2, 2013, the United States will celebrate an obscure and odd holiday called Groundhog Day. On this day we will turn our gaze toward a small town in the state of Pennsylvania called Punxsutawney (PUNKS-uh-TAWN-ee) and their local celebrity name Phil. Phil is an animal called a ground-hog. For any readers who may not be aware of this small beast, it is like a big fat fluffy beaver. That’s the best I can describe it. On February 2nd he will emerge from his den (a cage hidden in a fake tree trunk) and we will all watch in wonderment as experts determine if he did or did not see his shadow. Why does this matter you ask? As folklore goes if he sees his shadow then we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not then we will see an early spring. Now, Phil can’t really predict the outcome of winter weather but it’s still a fun tradition.
It is believed that the tradition originated with early Germans that settled in the Pennsylvania area. With them they brought the legend of Candlemas Day. “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…” The settlers found that the Groundhogs were intelligent and worked well to carry out the Candlemas tradition. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog day celebration in the early 1800’s.
In the morning when my little groundhogs rise and emerge from their beds, I will have their own tasty Phil’s awaiting them at the breakfast table. Below is our yummy little breakfast treat in honor of Groundhog Day.
Oh and if there is any truth to this, I sure do hope that little rodent doesn’t see his shadow. I’m so over winter. Happy Groundhog Day everyone!
What You Need
- Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats or Cereal Bar like Cocoa Puffs
- Cream Cheese
- Chocolate puff cereal for cheeks and dirt
- mini marshmallows
- miniature chocolate chips
How to Make It
- Get your Rice Krispie treat or cereal bar. Using cream cheese as a glue, glue down two mini marshmallows cut in half for the eyes, the chocolate chips for the pupils, the chocolate puff cereal for cheeks, the raisins for ears and a miniature marshmallow cut into one-quarter for the tooth.
- Spread cream cheese on the bagel and sprinkle some crushed chocolate cereal for the dirt.
- Place your decorated groundhog onto the bagel.