February 2017 Elf Fun Newsletter

People get tired of the cold winter weather and by February, they are ready for some warmth!  That’s why there’s “Hula in the Coola Day”.

Toss your coats, mittens, and scarves aside and do the hula!  If you try hard enough, you may forget about the cold weather and trick yourself into thinking it’s a hot summer day.

Christina Marie and Mittens don’t guarantee this will work, but it sure is a lot of fun!

 Taste this creamy pineapple dip and you’ll think you’re soaking up the sun on the beach in Hawaii.  

Creamy Pineapple Dip

  • 2  8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1  20 0z. Can of Crushed Pineapple (drained well)
  • 1 small box of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding

Mix Pineapple and Cream Cheese together then add pudding.

Enjoy now or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve dip on graham crackers or Scooby-Doo Graham Crackers.

February 2: Groundhog Day

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks and whistlepigs, grow up to 26 inches long and can weigh 9 to 14 pounds.  They hibernate or “sleep” throughout the winter in their burrows.

According to folklore, groundhogs wake on February 2 (the midpoint of winter) and venture outside their dens.  If the sun is shining and the groundhog sees his shadow, he returns to his den and winter continues for six more weeks.  If the day is cloudy and the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

Click here to read more about Groundhog Day and the most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

 February 4: Go to the Library Day


February 5: Western Monarch Day

Have you seen a Monarch Butterfly?  It is one of the largest butterflies in North America and its beautiful orange and black patterns make it one of the most recognizable.

There are two separate populations of Monarch butterflies.  The Eastern Monarch spends its summer east of the Rocky Mountains then flies up to 3,000 miles to live in Mexico during the winter.  The Western Monarch lives west of the Rockies during the summer then lives October/November through February/March in central California.

Western Monarch Day is celebrated on February 5 in Pismo State Beach in California with numerous events.  But the main attraction is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters on the eucalyptus and pine trees.

Click on Butterfly to download and print.

Monarch Butterfly by AZColoring.com.

February 11: Make a Friend Day

February 14: Valentine’s Day
Will you be my Valentine?

What’s a Tim Tam?

Every country has a special treat that seems like it defines the country.  For example: the United States has apple pie.  England has scones.  And when it comes to Australia, you have Tim Tams.

Tim Tams are two chocolate malted biscuits with cream filling covered in milk chocolate.  It was created in 1958 and named after a horse at the Kentucky Derby.

Today, Australians eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year.  It is also one of Taylor Swift’s favorite treats.

February 17: Random Act of Kindness Day





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