This is a book I made for each of my kids for groundhog day one year.
“Forty days after Christmas,
Lies the day of the groundhog.
The groundhog, or woodchuck, or whistlepig, is a hole-digging mammal in the eastern parts of North America. They are generous animals; all sorts of creatures survive because of the shelter supplied by woodchuck holes.
Candlemas was a day for blessing all of the candles used in the church that year. It was also a day for purification, as in Mary’s journey to the temple 40 days after Jesus was born, to offer up a gift.
An ancient proverb:
‘If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas be cloud and snow
Wintertime will finally go.’
So, on groundhog day this year,
you can clean out the burrow you call home, as an act of purification, before its too warm outside to care.
You could offer a gift, too; an apple or nuts to the groundhog.
You can plan your garden (what else can you think of?)
the ten day forecast.”