Happy Groundhog Day!
Why is it a groundhog anyway, have you ever wondered?
Well firstly, February 2nd was a church holiday, and it was called Candlemas, where all the people brought their candles to be blessed.
In Germany, people then took this a little further and adopted a "hedgehog" or "badger" and used it to predict the weather and how long winter was going to last. They believed these animals interrupted their hibernation and would then decide how long winter was going to last. If the sun was shining and the animal saw its shadow then winter was going to last another six weeks. However, if it was cloudy then this was an indication that the weather was going to be mild and Spring would come early,
When Germans moved to America and settled down, they could not find any hedgehogs. So, they adopted groundhogs who looked like badgers and were plentiful in the areas where they were settling.
And that is how we ended up with Groundhog Day. Have a good one, because the Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted another six weeks of winter.
Remember, Winter can be a good time to list or buy a home, when there is generally less competition, although with the low inventories we have been experiencing there is a lot of pent up demand. Contact Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line and Chester County, with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com.
Photo courtesy of Ralph Katlieb on Unsplash.
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