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Beautiful December

Now, when the garden awaits the return of spring
Now, when the silence is deep and blue
Now, when the winter has cast her spell again
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Here, where the snow is as soft as a woolly lamb
Here, where the nightfall is deep and blue,
Here, where the stars are so bright, you reach for them
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Child, may you sleep in gentle peace tonight
Dream of songs that rise on silken wings!
When you wake, enchanted by the snowspun light
Sing the songs that came to you in dreams,
Your beautiful December dreams
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St Swithin's Day

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,221 mod
In the UK on 15th July, people watch the weather, because legend says that whatever the weather is on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue like that for the next forty days.

You can read more about this here: http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/stswithins.html


  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,022 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I didn't know this. :)

    This article is interesting too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/swithin.shtml
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 231 ✭✭✭
    This theory about the weather stay the same day is based on observation... And that happens a lot in the UK.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,920 ✭✭✭✭
    St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
    For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare.

    Or the Met Office's interpretation?

    St Swithun's day if thou dost rain
    For forty days, relatively unsettled there's a fair chance it will remain
    St Swithun's day if thou be fair
    For forty days, a northerly jet stream might result in some fairly decent spells
    But then again it might not.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,968 mod
    From Wikipedia:

    Swithun (or Swithin, Old English: Swīþhūn, Latin: Swithunus; died c. 862 AD) was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day (15 July) will continue for forty days. The precise meaning and origin of Swithun's name is unknown, but it most likely derives from the Old English word swiþ, 'strong'.[1]

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,920 ✭✭✭✭
    St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
    For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare
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