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Can you believe that Groundhog’s Day has already come and gone? Is it just us or did we not see as much media coverage on the famous furry meteorologist as we usually do? We guess it was because most of us were all buried in snow!

If you missed the outcome – Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we are on track for an early spring. Don’t believe ole Phil? You might be surprised to learn that the findings were independently verified by Canada’s very own groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, who also did not a shadow.

Whether or not you believe the shadow reader’s weather report, it may be comforting to learn that the first official day of spring is only 44 days away. That doesn’t seem to long away, right? We don’t think so because Christmas Eve was only 42 days ago and that feels like only yesterday!

While we are as excited about spring and summer (the first day of Wisconsin Lions Camp is 128 days away to continue with our countdown theme), we don’t want to wish our days away. The truth of the matter is there are plenty of things to like about this time of year, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a winter lover. Think about it, in the wintertime, we get to see the sunrise, bundle up with a warm cup of soup and see the world in a different perspective. What is your favorite part about winter?

Remember, without winter, we wouldn’t appreciate the other three seasons that Wisconsin has to offer. From all of us at Lions Pride, don’t forget to enjoy the last 44 days of winter!