Robin Redbreast – Irish Winter Folktale, Fragrance: Bayberry

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Ireland: Robin Redbreast

In northern climates you’re often likely to see a Robin Redbreast in the garden around Christmas time. Its plumage shows up fiery and warm against the greys, browns and whites of a winter landscape. The robin is said to represent the new sun in Irish folklore. The tale has it that he killed his father the wren (who represents the old sun) on the Winter Solstice (21st December) and thus got his red breast from the bloody act. The robin also has a Christian link to winter folklore: some say a brown robin scorched its feathers when trying to protect the baby Jesus from an overly blazing fire in the manger.

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