Daily Calendar for December 14th, 2013

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Halcyon Days begin

The Halcyon Days also occur around this time. According to ancient legend, a grieving wife named Halcyon threw herself into the sea upon discovering the drowned body of her beloved husband, Ceyx. The gods took pity on the pair, transforming them into halcyons, a type of kingfisher bird, with the power to still the stormy seas for 14 days near the time of the winter solstice while they hatched their young. (The birds nest by the seas, so calm winds would protect the eggs during this nesting period.) The Halycon Days usually end by early January. Today, the phrase "Halcyon Days" signifies peacefulness, joy, and tranquility. Interesting, this period of time coincides with our holiday season!

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