The Halcyon Days are thought to start on either the 11th, 14th or 15th of December and continue for 14 days.
The word originally meant peaceful,calm days. It also referred to a mythical bird. A Greek legend declared that the bird had the power to calm the sea whilst it built a floating nest on the Agean sea. The bird was named after the daughter of Aeolus (the god of the wind.) In despair following the death of her husband she threw herself into the sea. Instead of drowning she was transformed into the halcyon bird.
A poem which portrays this story begins:
'In the cliffe of a pond of occean.....'
Halcyon also means Kingfisher in Greek.
Today the word tends to mean the endless sun filled days of our youth.
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Shortest day and
Longest night '
December 13th is St. Lucy's Day.
Some believed that this was the longest night of the year.
In an attempt to predict if it will be a White Christmas folklore stated
'If the snow falls on Saint Lucy's Day, Christmas will be clear and sunny.'