Thursday, 22 December 2016
Pagan Eye: Robin at Kew Gardens
Here is a photo of a robin to brighten your day if you are out and about in the cold. I took the picture at Kew Gardens, which I visited this autumn.
Robins are nowadays a symbol of the festive season, but like many modern Christmas traditions, this is said to have started in the Victorian era. Postmen at the time wore red uniforms and were called robin redbreasts, so people associated getting Christmas cards with robins.
However, the little birds are such a lovely sight - with their red breasts, puffed up feathers to keep out the cold and chirpy singing to declare their territory - that I would be very much surprised if our ancient ancestors didn't welcome the cheery robin on a frosty morning just as much as we do.
Back in the early days of my blog I wrote a longer post about folklore related to robins, and you can read that here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/12/who-killed-cock-robin.html
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