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February 1, 2013

Let the celebration begin

(Continued)

You just can't make this stuff up.

Enter the Germans, who had long celebrated Candlemas on Feb. 2 when they all lit candles and placed them in their windows. Candlemas is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring solstice and it was believed that if the day was overcast, spring would arrive early and if it was sunny, winter would continue.

Why did they think this? It comes from a pagan celebration known as Imbolc, which I really don't want to get into here. Mainly because it confuses me as it involves ... um, something about a giant doll, a saint, and a pregnant sheep. I'm sure you see the connection.

So to make a long story short, the Delaware Indians and the Germans both settled in Punxsutawney, Pa., and all these beliefs were mixed into the batter that eventually evolved into Groundhog's Day, when we all light candles, make giant dolls, and revere pregnant sheep and the sainted, grandfatherly, buck-toothed Wojak while we wait for spring.

It disturbs me, therefore, that the American tradition of a giant football celebration has been moved dangerously close to Imbolc Candlemas Wojak Day. Now we have to add cheering, tackling, nachos, and chicken wings into the mix.

A hundred years from now, people are going to be very, very confused about Feb. 2.

- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at btodd@tds.net.

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