Clay Aiken – It’s Groundhog Day!

Do you know the only mammal to have a day named in his honor?  Yes, it is the lowly groundhog, sometimes called the woodchuck.

The groundhog’s day is February 2. Now, it’s not a federal holiday and nobody gets off work. But, to have a day named after you is quite a feat.

How did the groundhog come by this honor? It stems from the ancient belief that hibernating creatures were able to predict the arrival of springtime by their emergence.

The German immigrants known as Pennsylvania Dutch brought the tradition to America in the 18th century.

Traditionally, the groundhog is supposed to awaken on February 2, Groundhog Day, and come up out of his burrow. If he sees his shadow, he will return to the burrow for six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he remains outside and starts his year, because he knows that spring has arrived early.

In the U.S., the “official” groundhog is kept in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Every February 2, amid a noisy celebration early in the morning, “Punxsutawney Phil” as the groundhog is called, is pulled from his den by his keepers, who are dressed in tuxedos. Phil then whispers his weather prediction into the ear of his keeper, who then announces it to the anxiously awaiting crowd.

Of course, this is for show. It’s a fun celebration and a great tradition. But Phil’s keepers probably decide upon the “forecast” in advance of the groundhog’s awakening.

Come to think of it, spring always arrives on or near March 21, so whether the groundhog decides to return to his den or remain above ground, the sad fact is spring will always have to wait at least six more weeks.

What do you think Clay Aiken is doing this Groundhog Day?  Is he at home, putting the finishing touches on his tour, or is he on his way to New York for his Broadway appearance?  Wherever he is, I hope Clay is having a great day!

Pictures of Clay always make me smile.  How about you?

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Comments

  1. Happy Groundhog Day everyone. Hope the little guy says it's gonna get warm soon.

    Love the pictures. Clay has a fantastic profile (the last picture from GMA especially!) 🙂

  2. OM goodness! Yummy way to wake up this morning!! All are my favorites! My mother celebrates along with Groundhogs Day, cos it's her birthday. Today she would have been 81. Happy Birthday mom! Looking forward to the tour Clay!!

  3. Great history lesson on groundhog day. I think Clay wore those same sneakers (picture 2), when he sang the SSB at the hockey game. Happy birthday to your son musicfan and anyone else celebrating BD's today. Unfortunately our Sir Walter Wally says we have six more weeks of this crap. I'm sick to death of the cold weather.

  4. I heard that Puxatawny Phil didn't see his shadow…so that means an early Spring. Well, one can dream can't they? Love those pictures of Clay. I always loved him as a blond..but I will take him any way he wants to look. He looked so young in those pictures..but, to tell you the truth, I like his sexy looks today. He is such a charmer. I only have 9 more days till my concert. EEEEEEEEEE!

  5. Musicfan,

    tks for brighten up my day by putting a lot of gorgeus pictures (oooh…love clay’s profile so much) 🙂

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