There is an ancient expression
that goes something like this: "If Candlemas be bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the
Many of the ancient cultures
believed that certain weather conditions at one time of the year could
affect weather conditions at another. They also believed that certain
animals had magical abilities. The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed that cats could protect their homes.
The ancient Celts believed that groundhogs could predict the
weather. There is no truth in this. It's just an old
myth. But it's a delightful old myth.
In modern times, people pulled
out the old legend from the ancient Celts and created Groundhog Day!
Here is a list of free online
activities for kids to make Groundhog Day an occasion to remember:
Day (illustrated powerpoint)
much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
Groundhog Day Presentations in PowerPoint format
Day Poems (CanTeach)
Day (Teaching Heart)