As time progressed, the Christian tradition was expanded upon by German settlers in Pennsylvania. They chose to select an animal to predict the weather patterns, rather than candles. They first selected the hedgehog, which later became the Groundhog.
The first official Groundhog’s Day celebration was celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2nd, 1887. The idea came about from a newspaper editor named Clymer Freas, who convinced a local group of groundhog hunters to search for Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, at Gobbler’s Knob. It is led to believe that on this day Phil, in fact, did see his shadow meaning more winter was ahead.