The Origins of Groundhog Day

As a stay at home mom, nothing puts a damper in my day as much as bad weather and to say that this winter empty nesthas been “harsh” would be a huge understatement – it has been absolutely brutal. Following one of the rainiest summers I can remember, Ontario residents are now enjoying one of the coldest and iciest winters in recent history. In fact, according to CityNews, Toronto is well on its way to experiencing its 2ndcoldest winter in 25 years. After moving back to Canada nearly three years ago, I can’t tell you how thrilled my husband and I are to be part of history in the making (shudder).

This horrible wintery weather has Canadians everywhere bundling up, staying indoors, and crossing their fingers and toes in the hopes that Wiarton Willie, Canada’s legendary groundhog will, after weeks of hibernation, emerge from his den without casting a shadow. Every year, it’s the same scene: When February 2nd rolls around, thousands of Canucks wait to hear whether or not we can look forward to signs of an early spring. If Willie sees his shadow, legend has it that you better pull up your socks (make them woolen socks), because it’s going to be a long time before we see some balmy weather! Poor Willie, that’s a lot of hope riding on the shadow of one little groundhog, don’t you think?

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It might be the New Year… but it’s getting old.

It might be the New Year… but it’s getting old.

3 – 2 – 1 … HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

Now what?

All year round we wait for New Years Eve. The promise of new beginnings and an end to ones.  For some it’s another chance  to conquer old resolutions, and for others it’s another chance to build up some new resolve. For those among us who have made the most of another year gone by, new years reminds us of the passing of time in a celebratory sense; a promotion; an anniversary; a birth perhaps. For many, the passing of a new year is only a sorrowful reminder of things we lost over the past year; a job; a life; a love. For others, new years reiterates the fact that time moves forward whether you are willing to move with it, stuck at a standstill or trapped in the past (never a good place to be).

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