January 31st, 2008


Almost Groundhog Day!

My favorite holiday is coming up saturday. Hooray for Groundhog Day! Not the movie, the holiday. Although the movie is a very fun film, it really doesn't capture the true spirit of Groundhog Day.

So why do I love Groundhog Day so much? There are a number of reasons. For one thing, very few people consider it their favorite holiday, and I like to be different. Also, it is much more ridiculous than most holidays, and I delight in the ridiculous. It doesn't pretend to be something it's not. Doesn't try to be spiritual or patriotic or moving or special or anything -- it's just about a rodent and a shadow.

Most important of all though is: Groundhog Day is an all-embracing and guilt-free holiday. Think about it. It really has no obligations or traditions. Aside from maybe checking if the rodent saw its shadow, there are absolutely no expectations on that day. No need to rush around buying gifts or cards, no special meals to eat, no places to visit. You don't find yourself feeling bad or left out if you don't have (for example) a mother, a tight-knit family, or a significant other. You don't have to be a part of a specific country or heritage. All religions can celebrate, all races, all ages, all genders.

Groundhog Day is for everyone. Joyous Groundhog Day, and I hope we see many many more!

(But not many more this year, in following years I mean. Otherwise we're fixated on the movie again, and like I said no matter how good of a movie it may be, that is not really the point.)