If you’re a frequent reader you’ll know that I often rag on the seemingly made up or “Hallmark” holidays. There is, however, no joking around when it comes to Groundhog Day on February 2nd. I can’t even see what there is to make fun of about a holiday that involves the majestic groundhog, its shadow and the length of remaining wintery days on the calendar. That’s serious business!

Think I’m joking? I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, in no small part due to the weather. I went home this past Thanksgiving and complained the entire time about how cold it was. I swore I’m not going back until it’s warm there. Six extra weeks of winter is no joking matter to me.

I would do a Native American rain dance if it meant the groundhog wouldn’t see it’s shadow, and I hate the rain almost as much as I hate the cold. I would construct a roof over the whole town of Punxsutawney, PA, if it meant that the sun couldn’t cast the groundhog’s shadow. I’d bribe a weatherman just to say it was sunny, since they’re never right and it would surely be cloudy that day.

Are you as anti-winter as I am? Apologies to all winter sports enthusiasts. You probably aren’t as amused as I am about my plot to manipulate Groundhog Day. Whichever side you’re on, there is reason to celebrate such a day. Customize a Benchmark Groundhog Day email template and state your case for more or less winter. Just know you’re wrong if you want more winter.

Groundhog Day Fun Fact:

-The groundhog’s true name is: Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary