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We here at Countdown to Groundhog Day obviously love Groundhog Day a lot, but every so often we come across someone who loves it just as much as we do. One such person is Ed Stern from Zanesville, Ohio.

Ed, a retired Presbyterian minister, has been a groundhog expert for at least 40 years, and maintains his own list of groundhog forecasters. He has provided us with the names of some groundhogs we had never heard of, including Schnogadahl Sammi and his own local groundhog Grover Cleveland Undergrounder. These groundhogs have now been added to our ever growing list of Groundhog Day forecasters.

Ed has also written his own Groundhog Day carols sung to the tune of famous Christmas carols. He has generously provided them to us so that we can share them with the rest of the world. The songs are below. We hope you enjoy them!

HARK! THE HERALD GROUNDHOGS SING

Hark!  The herald groundhogs sing, “Skies are gray, it looks like spring.”
Peace on Earth and weather mild, woods and woodchucks reconciled.
Joyful all ye songbirds rise.  Join the triumph of the skies.
With the marmot host proclaim, Spring has come, as winter came.”
Hark!  The herald groundhogs sing, “Skies are gray, it looks like spring.”

GOD REST YE MERRY, GROUNDHOGS

God rest ye merry, groundhogs, let nothing you dismay.
If you don’t see your shadow, then spring will come today
To save us all from winter’s power and make it seem like May.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy.
O tidings of comfort and joy.

GOOD GROUNHOGS ALL, REJOICE

Good groundhogs all, rejoice with heart and paws and voice.
Give ye heed to what we say.  News!  News!  Spring is sprung on this fine day.
Hibernation’s over now, and I’m as hungry as a cow.
Spring is sprung today.  Spring is sprung today.

AWAY IN A BURROW

Away in a burrow, no crib for a bed, the little old groundhog laid down his sweet head.
Wake up, little groundhog, look up at the sky.
Come out of your burrow, for springtime is nigh.

FREEZE ON THE EARTH

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From groundhogs burrowing in the earth to keep out of the cold.
“Freeze on the earth, and chill, and then we won’t come out ’til spring.”
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the groundhogs sing.

Thanks again Ed for the songs! And thanks to Ed’s brother, Joe, for sending all of the info in.

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