Groundhog Day & Other Jolly Holidays

See the source imageOn Gobbler’s Knob, bright and early this morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and officially declared six more weeks of winter.

I’ve got chocolate pudding cups & teddy grahams at the ready for Groundhoggish treats to accompany shadow tracing this afternoon.

groundhogs emerging from their burrows

The older I get, the more clearly I discern endeavors which give me life and revive our homeschool– celebrating big & small days is tops on that list. (I realize this is not necessarily universal & for some it does quite the opposite.) Festivities generally look like a themed treat and topical reading, sometimes a special outing, dress-up, craft, or movie. Always simple, educational, and fun.

For those similarly jazzed about minor holidays and special events, here’s a list of upcoming opportunities for celebration polka-dotting the calendar:

2/4 (sun) Superbowl Sunday

2/9 (fri) Olympic Opening Ceremony

2/13 (tues) Mardi Gras

2/14 (wed) St. Valentine’s Day

2/16 (fri) Chinese [Lunar] New Year

2/19 (mon) Presidents’ Day

2/26 (mon) Fairy Tale Day

3/2 (fri) Dr. Seuss Day

3/4 (sun) Oscars

3/14 (wed) Pi Day

3/17 (sat) St. Patrick’s Day

4/1 (sun) April Fool’s Day/Easter

4/22 (sun) Earth Day*

4/23 (mon) St. George Day

Call me crazy, but I love to celebrate. That’s not even to mention the springtime birthdays in our family! Atop my desk presently rests a six foot paper Chinese dragon, a box of Lucky Charms, piles of in-process homemade Valentines, dress-up supplies for another homeschool Geography Fair, and Little Man’s new Abraham Lincoln shirt. I’m about half way through the list of Best Picture nominees, and in talks to organize another Save the Manatee Run and trash cleanup effort.

*even though every day is Earth Day, obvi