10 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day with Activities, Movies and Food

Updated on May 31, 2016

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Groundhog sitting up to eat.
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February 2nd - Groundhog Day

The winter blah’s might get to you in January, but there’s something to look forward to in February besides the Super Bowl. Groundhog Day is February 2nd. If you’ve never celebrated Groundhog Day, then this is the year to start. In the middle of winter, with spring somewhere over the horizon, what better excuse do you need to have a celebration?

Groundhog Day Traditions Evolved from Candlemas

The traditions of Groundhog Day on February 2nd, have roots in an early Christian holiday, Candlemas. On this day, candles were blessed and distributed. It was believed that clear skies on Candlemas, February 2nd meant a long winter. When the tradition of Candlemas came to Germany, the story was enhanced. They predicted that if a hedgehog came out on Candlemas Day and saw his shadow, it would mean a long winter. When Germans settled in this country, they brought the tradition with them, and the weather prediction ability was bestowed upon the groundhog.


10 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day

Whether you are in for six more weeks of winter or an early spring, Groundhog Day is a great excuse to have a celebration. Here are ten ways to celebrate Groundhog Day that are sure to brighten your winter day.

1. Visit Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Visit Punxsutawney for the annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration. People gather upon Gobbler's Knob at the crack of dawn to watch for Punxsutawney Phil to come out of his burrow. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If not, spring is on the way! If you can't travel to Punxsutawney, then tune in to the live stream on February 2nd to watch the great event yourself.


Punxsutawney Phil Video

Visit Punxsutawney, PA on February 2nd.

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Visit Punxsutawney, PA on February 2nd for a personal look at Punxsutawney Phil.

2. Watch Bill Murray's 1993 Movie, Groundhog Day.

One of the all-time funny movies, brighten up your Groundhog Day celebration by renting or purchasing the video of Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.


The Groundhog Day Song by Helen Slayton Hughes

3. Sing Along With the Groundhog Day Song

I'll bet you didn't know there was a Groundhog Day song. Be sure to watch the video of the Groundhog Day Song written by Helen Slayton Hughes. Maybe you can learn it and have a Groundhog Day Sing-along!

“We’ll light the big green candle, and eat some rhubarb pie,
Gimme a kiss, it’s Groundhog Day and groundhogs do not lie…”


4. Have a Groundhog Day Look-alike Party

Invite all your friends to come to your house dressed as groundhogs. Give prizes for the ones who look most like a real groundhog. Be creative and serve some really great food: Groundhog Stew for starters, and Dirt Pie for dessert! See the recipes below!

5. Make Groundhog Stew

Let's face it, carnivores, there are a lot of these plump critters out there eating up gardens and crops all summer long. Why not have a nice groundhog stew simmering on the back of the stove to celebrate Groundhogs Day? Here's the recipe:

First of all, you need to send your hunter out to get one of those critters. If he’s lucky enough to bag one, be sure to tell him to skin it and gut it before bringing it in for you to cook. Here’s how to make easy Groundhog Stew:

Easy Groundhog Stew

Cut groundhog into large pieces, put them in a large pot ad cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Discard the water, refill the pan and bring to a boil again. Simmer for about an hour and a half. Fish out that woodchuck (keep the liquid) and remove the meat from the bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and return to pot. Add potatoes and carrots, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. You can add dumpling batter to the pot, cover tightly and cook for 10-12 more minutes for a heartier meal. Yum!



Cute way to serve Dirt Pie from "Thrilled by the Thought"

Cute pictures of groundhogs are glued to sticks and stuck into individual cups of Dirt Pie. Used by permission of Rebecca Brown.
Cute pictures of groundhogs are glued to sticks and stuck into individual cups of Dirt Pie. Used by permission of Rebecca Brown. | Source

6. Serve Some Dirt Pie

Kids with love some Dirt Pie to celebrate Groundhog Day. Serve this cute pudding-based recipe with little Groundhogs glued to popsicle sticks popping out of the individual cups. Idea from Thrilled by the Thought.

Recipe for Dirt Pie

1 large package Oreo cookies
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
2 packages of instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 c. milk
12 oz. container of Cool Whip

Crush Oreo cookies in food processor or with a rolling pin until cookies are fine crumbs and set aside. Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Mix pudding with the milk, then blend in the Cool Whip. Combine pudding and cream cheese mixture together until lumps are smooth.

Dirt Pie can be made in a rectangular 9" X 13" pan or in individual clear cups, layer the cookie mixture and pudding mixture, leaving enough cookie mixture for the top.

Cute Groundhog Video Clips

7. Learn some Groundhog Trivia

  • All groundhogs have 22 teeth.
  • Groundhogs whistle when alarmed or when they are courting.
  • A groundhog is a vegetarian and eat greens, fruits and vegetables.
  • The average groundhog weighs 12-15 pounds, but Punxsutawney Phil weighs 20 pounds.
  • Groundhogs hibernate and each one has his own burrow.
  • Groundhog burrows have two doorways.
  • Groundhogs can swim and climb trees
  • Groundhogs can run up to 9 miles an hour.
  • A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub.
  • The average life span of a groundhog is 6-8 years.
  • Groundhogs can lose half their body weight during hibernation.
  • They don't taste like chicken.


8. Read a Groundhog Day Book to Your Kids

There's a whole selection of cute books for kids based on Groundhog Day stories. Why not check them out?

  • Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day
  • Gregory’s Shadow
  • Punxsutawney Phyllis
  • It’s Groundhog Day
  • Substitute Groundhog
  • Geoffrey Groundhog
  • Punsxsutawney Phil and His Weather Wisdom

9. Get Up At Dawn and Go Watch a Groundhog Hole

You can start your own tradition by getting up at dawn and keeping an eye on your nearest groundhog hole. Who knows, you may discover Cleveland Chloe or Okachobee Otis and be famous next year on Feb. 2nd as people flock to see your discovery!

Happy Groundhog Day Birthday, Jeff Henkel

Jeff Henkel, the birthday boy.
Jeff Henkel, the birthday boy.

10. Have Some Birthday Cake

In honor of famous people born on Febuary 2nd, have a piece of birthday cake! Some famous people born on Feb. 2nd are:

  • Ayan Rand
  • James Joyce
  • Shakira
  • Christie Brinkley
  • Farrah Fawcett
  • Tom Smothers
  • Graham Nash
  • AND, most importantly, Jeffrey Henkel

That's right! February 2nd is special in our house because it's the birthday of a very special person, my son, Jeff Henkel. You can believe that he has heard a few jokes about having a birthday on Groundhog's Day. Well, at least we didn't name him Chuck. So join us in celebrating Groundhog Day with a piece of birthday cake in Jeff's honor!

What will you do on Groundhog Day?

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Have a Happy Groundhog Day!

So there you have it - 10 ways to celebrate Groundhog's Day. There's something for everyone, from the movie buff to the naturalist, so take your pick, and do have a happy Groundhog Day celebration!

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        Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

        I could go for the cake idea. I'll pass on the stew. I have not watched for the groundhog in years, but maybe I'll have to check it out this year.

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        AudreyHowitt - I love that movie, too. And of course, I have a special interest in Groundhog Day as that's also my youngest son's birthday!

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        Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

        Sunshine625 - Can't say I've ever tried groundhog stew...I'm with you, I'd rather watch Groundhog Day again! :)

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        Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Groundhog Stew? Ewww. I'd rather watch Groundhog Day :)

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        Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

        Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movie! Fun hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Crazybeanrider - So glad you enjoyed my hub about Groundhog Day. Hope you had a great day! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        SidKemp - That would be great! Your hub has some wonderful background information on the origins of Groundhog Day. I'll do the same.

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        Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

        What an enjoyable hub, I had fun learning all the great stuff about Groundhog Day.

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        Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

        Agreed - may I link to your hub from mine?

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        SidKemp - Groundhog Day does have ancient roots, but lots of fun is associated with the modern celebration.

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        Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

        Thanks for the Grounhog Day fun! Actually, the holiday is far more ancient than Candlemass & Christianity. Interested folks might look at my hub, https://holidappy.com/holidays/What-is-Groundhog-D... .

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Thundermama - We love the Groundhog Day movie, too, and I've ordered it to watch this weekend. Hey, you have to celebrate these holidays when the time is right! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        fpherj48 - Glad you enjoyed my Groundhog Day hub! Actually, groundhog is edible and I got this recipe out of an old wild game cookbook. While it doesn't appeal to me, I'm sure that people have eaten groundhog. (Please, don't tell me who you are!) Haha...no, we didn't consider naming or son "Phil" though I did think about "Chuck". But when the drugs wore off, we settled on Jeffrey. :) Glad it gave you a laugh!

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        Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Hey Stephanie.....GREAT story! What a fun and interesting hub. Thanks for the "history" and all the wonderful ideas!!

        Please.....just tell me the "stew" is a JOKE? No one really EATS ground hog, do they? Makes me queasy, just to think about it.

        I send birthday wishes to your son!....you didn't name him, "PHIL?" lol

        This hub made me smile, Steph!...UP+++

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        Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

        Wonderful hub! And congratulations on being awarded Hub of the Day. One of my all time favorite movies is Ground Hog Day and i love to celebrate this day watching. Maybe I'll try making a little dirt to eat while I watch it this year.

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        Thanks for revisiting, Susan! Groundhog Day is just one of those crazy holidays that everybody can have fun with...Happy Groundhog Day to you, too!

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I remember this hub and had to come back and re-visit it and share it.. Love this hub Stephanie and Happy Ground Hog Day :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

        midget38 - I'm thinking it's time to rent Groundhog Day again as Feb. 2nd is rolling around again. Glad you enjoyed the hub, and thanks so much for sharing!

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        Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

        I loved the facts and the dirt pie recipe! Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray was a great, funny film. Thanks for sharing this, Stephanie, votes up and I am sharing as well.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Alissaroberts - Thank you for your very sweet comments! I'm so glad that you gleaned some useful and fun ideas for next year's Groundhog Day celebration!

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        Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        I never knew Groundhog Day could be so fun! Will have to try a few of these ideas next year :) Congrats on your hub of the day - a well deserved award for such a creative hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Supermarc311 - They are cute! Happy Groundhog Day!

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        supermarc3ll 6 years ago from Kota Kinabalu, Land Below The Wind

        Groundhog looks cute! Thanks your hub. Blessed.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        LoriSoard - Sounds like fun, am I invited? :) Thanks for stopping by to read!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Rebeccamealey - It would be fun to have a special celebration for kids on Groundhog Day with the movie and dirt pie. Thanks for the comments!

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        LoriSoard 6 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

        Awesome hub. I love Groundhog Day, so may try some of these next year and actually throw a part.

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        Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        The most fun I've seen for Groundhog Day. I love the movie, and the dirt hole puddings are cute, the kids would love it. Good suggestions and congratulations on HOTD!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Againsttheodds - There does seem to be much to-do about Grounghog Day today! I never did hear the real story...

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Pstrauble48 - It sounds like you already have lots of fun planned to celebrate Groundhog Day! Thanks for the read and for your comments!

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        againsttheodds 6 years ago

        Who knew so much to do surrounding G-day. Might I suggest that anyone interested take a look at my story on what REALLY happened this morning in Pennsylvania.

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        Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

        Congratulations on hub of the day....fun, fun...and a favorite movie, Groundhog Day, i have watched a skadillion times and still laugh at the antics....and dirt pie....kids love it. and like to help make it..and those of us with the 'kid' in us...we like it too....thanks for sharing....

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        DzyMsLizzy - Thanks for stopping back and for your well wishes! It's always great to see you! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        K9keystrokes - Thanks for the congrats! It was so nice to have this hub recognized as HOTD! Bill Murray's movie, Groundhog Day, is perfect to watch on this fun holiday. Thanks for stopping in to read!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Patty Inglish - Wow, even for great fans of the Groundhog Day movie, 24 hours seems like a lot! They would deserve a prize for sitting through 24 hours of showings! Thanks for the bit of fun information!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Time2rite - Glad you found this to be interesting and funny. It seemed appropriate to keep this on the light side as Groundhog Day in the U.S. is just an excuse for a fun holiday. Thanks for your comments and votes!

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        Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Just stopped back by to say congratulations on getting HOTD with this one. Well-deserved!

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        India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

        Congrats on Hub of the day! And what a great hub it is! I enjoyed the list of suggestion surrounding Groundhog day (what a cute little creature). I have watched the Bill Murray movie many times and each warmed my heart and brought much laughter. Great work here Steph. And Jeff, is a very handsome boy. Fun stuff!

        HubHugs~

        K9

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Gateway Theater on OSU campus in Columbus OH began a 24-hour marathon of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day lat night at 12:01 AM and anyone that makes it through all showings can win a year's worth of theater tickets (2 per week for a year). I think it's a fun holiday.

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        Kathryne Waller 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

        Voted "Up" and "Awesome"; great way to start Groundhog Day with some interesting, funny and insightful looks at how to make this day a celebration, with a humorous twist. Great hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Flickr - I didn't know that Groundhog Day, or Candlemas, was a German tradition, either, until I started researching this hub. Glad you found this informational. Thanks for commenting!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        J Burgraff - What could be better than celebrating a sunny Groundhog Day in Portland, Oregon with a nice walk? If you see a groundhog, do wish him a happy day!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Albertsj - Well, if you need an excuse to eat cake, then I'm happy to provide one! Do celebrate Groundhog Day with some cake!

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        Flickr 6 years ago

        Very informational thanks for sharing, I never knew that it was a German tradition to start with.

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        J Burgraff 6 years ago

        Happy Ground Hog Day! It's actually sunny here in Portland, Oregon, so I'm going out to celebrate with a walk!

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        jacy albertson 6 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

        Any excuse for cake eating...; ) Seriously good, and fun hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Jakefranco - Yes, this is what Groundhog Day is about! :) I'm sure that many other people haven't heard of it, either, except for what they've seen in the movie. Glad to have you stop by to read and comment on my hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        LucidWarrior - It sounds like you were near a prairie dog village...they're probably related to the larger groundhogs that we see in the Northeast. If you see them today, do wish them a happy Groundhog Day!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Marellen - No, I won't be doing the stew, either. :) Thanks so much for your comment!

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        jakefranco 6 years ago

        So this is what groundhog is all about. It shows up in my iphone calendar and I was like what is groundhog day?

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        SJmorningsun25 - I know that some people eat groundhog, but it really isn't one of my food groups, either! I'll stick to some of the other ways to celebrate Groundhog Day!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Julianamontgomery - Oh, you can always make some dirt pie to celebrate Groundhog Day instead of groundhog stew. :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        John Sarkis - In most states it is illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet, and I imagine that would include groundhogs. However, we did once find a baby whose mother had been killed and raised it in our house. It was adorable and as loving and playful as a kitten. In fact, it was litter box trained. As it got older, we let it go in and out of our house at will. One day it answered the call of the wild and left for good. We liked to imagine that it found a mate and raised a family nearby somewhere.

        Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Stars439 - Well, if you're having a rainy day today, it means the groundhog won't see his shadow, and that's an indicator of an early spring! Thanks so much for your kind comments!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Homesteadbound - Thank you. I was so pleased to see my groundhog day hub as HOTD on Feb. 2nd! Hahah.. I don't plan on making groundhog stew either - in fact, I've never had it! I'd much rather try to take their photographs than cook them!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        The Dirt Farmer - Happy Groundhog Day to you, too! Though, depending on where you are farming, you may not be as fond of groundhogs as we are. :) Thanks for the congrats and for the read!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Bluebird - Groundhogs are cute, and it's fun to have a day named after them. Glad you enjoyed the hub! Love your bluebird avatar, by the way!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        ThePracticalMommy - Welcome back, and thanks for the congrats and birthday wishes for Jeff! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Rusticliving - So glad you liked he hub, and thank you for the good wishes and very kind commetns. I'm pleased to have you following me!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Thank you Gail! I must admit that this was a very fun hub to write as the day has special meaning in our family. Thanks for stopping by to comment and for your votes!

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        David Cook 6 years ago from Suburban Philadelphia

        I use to live near a huge field of groundhogs in the Denver area. There must have been 100 or more, all popping their heads in and out, making little chattery hissing sounds if you got too close. Yet I never thought to stop by on groundhog day. It must be quite a party there...:)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        RTalloni - He always was a good boy! :) Thank you!

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        marellen 6 years ago

        Very cute hub Stephanie and Happy Birthday to Jeff. The stew is the only thing I won't do on Groundhog day. lol

        You did an amazing job!!!!

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        SJmorningsun25 6 years ago

        Great list! Though the groundhog stew thing . . . a bit much for me. :-) Congrats on the Hub of the Day! I'll be watching "Groundhog Day" later today.

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        RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

        How about that--your son won you the Hub of the Day Award. :)

        Congrats, and once again, happy birthday to Jeffrey Henkel!

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        julianamontgomery 6 years ago

        Great hub! Now if I could just go find a groundhog to make some stew with . . .

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        John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Excellent hub Stephanie, love the photos as well....

        Comment and question:

        I love Nietzsche, so whenever I explain eternal recurrence to someone, they reply back: "Groundhog Day"...LOL

        Does anyone own groundhogs? They are so irresistible cute, so wonder they're not sold as pets, if, that's even legal?

        Take care and God Bless

        John

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        stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

        Wonderful hub, and learned more about Groundhogs. God Bless You Precious heart for this nice way to start our wet day down south in Louisiana. We just had pouring down rain yesterday all day.

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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        Congratulations on hub of the day! What an appropriate day for it. Great hub ... not so sure about groundhog stew however.

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        Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

        So clever & fun! Happy Groundhog Day, Stephanie--and congrats on HOTD!

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        bluebird 6 years ago

        This hub was fun! Really enjoyed it and all the facts, ideas, trivia, etc., etc.! Groundhogs are cute little things, aren't they?

        Thanks!

        ...and CONGRATS!

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        Marissa 6 years ago from United States

        Stopping by again to say congrats on the Hub of the Day! And Happy Birthday to your son! :)

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        Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

        Congratulations on another Hub of the Day award. This hub was delightful and funny.

        Happy birthday to your son, Jeff. Being born on Ground Hog Day must be tough but having a Mom who knows how to do so many clever things for this special day must have made for some interesting birthday celebrations.

        Voted up across the board!

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        Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

        One of my favorite movies is of course Ground Hogs Day! I loved this Hub. Very cute and informative. Voting up and across..ANDDDDDDD.. Congratulations on "HUB OF THE DAY"

        I'm happy to be following such a talented writer!

        Lisa

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Gordon Hamilton - In the Northeast U.S., groundhogs are commonly seen in fields, along roadsides, and often, in your garden. They're mostly considered a pest, though they are awfully cute close-up. Glad you found the hub interesting! Happy Groundhog Day! :)

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        Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        Hi, Stephanie. Loved the Hub but I have to admit that I didn't know groundhogs really existed. I thought they were simply a fictional species created for the Bill Murray film (which I love!) Thanks for the info, the great read and the enlightenment! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Simone - Any excuse for a little celebration! hehehe... Thanks for stopping in!

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        Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

        Hehee, I absolutely love these ideas- especially groundhog cake. How adorable!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Tammyswallow - If I had only known that your Dad likes groundhog, I would have asked you for some good recipes! Yes, poor Phil gets blamed for all the bad winters, and all he does is stick his head out of his burrow! Thanks for visiting, Tammy!

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        Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

        Sweet! It won't surprise you but my dad eats a lot of groundhog. He hasn't caught any since he moved to the south. I think many northerners are still upset with Phil for last year's winters. :) Very nice hub!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Nell Rose - Oh, I think you should celebrate Groundhog Day! Any excuse for a celebration, right? :) Thanks so much for your comments and for the share!

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        Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

        Hi, I have decided that we in England need to start celebrating Groundhog day! lol! I loved this! they are so cute, and the videos were really good, I remember the film so well, and for years thought it was just the name of the film! haha! rated up and shared! wonderful!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        CassyLu - Glad you founds some good ideas to celebrate Groundhog Day with your class. If you make the dirt pie, don't forget to drop in a few gummy worms... Thanks for stopping in to comment and for Sharing!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Brett.Tesol - That's the great thing about HubPages - we learn so much about the UK, and get a chance to share some of our more silly holidays, too. Thanks for the comments and for sharing!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Movie Master - If you have hedgehogs in the UK, they make a fine stand in for groundhogs. Mmmm... enjoy the dirt pie! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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        CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

        Excellent ideas for my classroom this year! Thanks so much for the ideas!!!

        Thanks for SHARING!

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        Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

        The dirt pie was a funny idea! Many of us Brits had not even heard of this day until the movie lol. Interesting hub,

        Thanks for SHARING.

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        Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        I've lost count of the number of times I've seen the movie, it's one of the all time greats!

        I loved this hub, we don't have groundhogs in the UK, but I'm going to celebrate anyway with some dirt pie!

        Voting up!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Melovy - Groundhogs can run pretty fast considering how clumsy they look. We used to see them in the field near our house quite often, and they are pretty chubby in mid summer, but they can still scoot down into their burrows pretty quickly. Thanks for the read and comments!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        BlissfulWriter - It was a funny movie, but I enjoy watching real groundhogs almost as much. They are cute and entertaining creatures - as long as they aren't eating up your vegetable garden!

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        Yvonne Spence 6 years ago from UK

        I’ve celebrated early by learning a few facts about groundhogs.They can run pretty fast for such small creatures. I loved the film, which was also my introduction to groundhogs.

        Thanks for a fun hub.

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        BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

        Yeah, I remembered seeing "Groundhog Day" the movie -- very funny.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Rorshak Sobchak - I've never been to Punxsutawney, but it sounds like it would be fun to do some day. Say hi to Phil when you see him this year! :)

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Randomcreative - The movie did shine a spotlight on Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil, didn't it? And Groundhog Day is a great excuse for a midwinter celebration. :) Thanks for the read!

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        rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

        Awesome Hub!! I live about 45 minutes away from Punxy. I enjoy stopping by to see the groundhog.

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        Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Awesome topic for a hub, Stephanie! Your suggestion list is great. The movie really created a whole new life for this little holiday.

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        RTalloni - Haha...you can see why Groundhog Day is special to me! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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        RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

        Too cute! Sort a should a seen that coming... :) Happy upcoming BD Jeff!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Thebookmom - I was surprised at the number of children's books featuring groundhogs. It would be fun to celebrate Groundhog Day by reading some of them together while enjoying a dirt pie dessert. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Alocsin - I don't know for sure if there are groundhogs in Southern California, but I'm guessing not. But do enjoy your dirt pie! Thanks for your comments and vote!

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        Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

        Kimberly Turner - It's true that most people don't pay much attention to celebrating Groundhog Day, but it can be a fun break from the winter doldrums. Thanks for the read and for commenting.

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