|This year's mailing.|
Pennsylvania Dutch settlers are said to have brought the tradition of Groundhog Day to the US in the 18th century. Originally, the groundhog was a dachs, an animal related to the European badger. The first "groundhog" story is traced back to an ancient Greek belief that an animal's shadow is its soul, which has been darkened by the past year's sins. So hibernation was a time of spiritual renewal. If the animal awoke and saw he still had a shadow appearing, it meant he had best hibernate a bit longer in order for his shadow to be expunged.
For those of you who received my mailing and are stumped by the shadows, here are the answers: 1.Kiwi 2.Marten 3.Shrew 4.Prairie Dog 5.Warthog 6.Newt 7.Marmot 8.Star-nosed Mole 9.Wombat
Happy Groundhog Day to everyone!
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain
Winter will not come again.