" I think this is my best side"

Malcolm Chant

Joined September 2008

Artist's Description

One theory as to why many robins on Christmas cards carry letters in their beaks is that at one time all the postmen wore red waistcoats and were known as ‘Robins’. In fact it was only in 1952 that the British Trust for Ornithology officially changed the bird name to ‘robin’, up until then it was always known as ‘robin redbreast’. The other tradition associated with the pagan Yule festival is that the eternal circle of the year ends with the battle of the holly king, represented by the wren and the oak king represented by the robin. In this battle the wren or old year is defeated and killed by the new year or robin and the cycle starts again.

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