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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.)


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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Don't take this the wrong way...

Groundhog Day always makes me think of this:

delosd From: delosd Date: February 1st, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You mean that I'm NOT supposed to be putting 1/10 of my possessions into the Groundhog's burrow the day every year?! Are you *sure* about this?

There's a groundhog that OWES me...
marsgov From: marsgov Date: February 1st, 2008 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
No, no, no one is saying that. However, it's entirely possible that you've been putting your tithe into the wrong gopher hole. Why don't you send me the GPS coordinates and a photo — I'd be delighted to investigate the situation and let you know.
kyril From: kyril Date: February 1st, 2008 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Any day celebrating pork sausage is a good day. Unless you're a vegetarian.
From: writerwench Date: February 1st, 2008 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
You mean Hallmark HASN'T claimed this as a holiday requiring one to send cards to 1069378563985 people?


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