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Skipping the hype of Groundhog Day

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Today Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, telling us all we’d have six more weeks of winter. The problem I see with that, other than having a groundhog predicting the weather, is that we already seem to be in Spring.

These days, celebrating a holiday where we let a rodent tell us what the weather will be like seems a bit dated. Other than announcing on the news whether or not Phil saw his shadow, how do people celebrate this holiday anyway? I can’t say I’ve attended any Groundhog Day parties.

The general consensus at work today was that most people didn’t even realize it was a “holiday” until someone mentioned it or they saw it on the news. So my question is why is this holiday perceived as so important that it appears on calendars and is featured on the news?

I say it’s out with the old and in with the new. This doesn’t exactly mean let’s cut out this holiday altogether, but maybe we can lessen the focus on it and shift it to another holiday that’s more modern.

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