The Irish Robin (Spideóg) has become one of the great symbols of Christmas. It features on Christmas cards, cakes, and you'll even find him in the Glass Studio!! The tradition was invented by the Victorians. When the first postal service was established in the 1840s, postmen wore a red uniform. They were servants of the Crown, whose national colour was red and they soon became known as 'Robin Redbreasts'. There were postal deliveries on Christmas day well into our own century and so the Robin, the postman and the gifts which he brought, became associated. Robins visit houses in winter when natural foods are short, daylight is limited and birds can't find enough wild food. Robins have learned that people give them 'hand-outs'. Other myths may also be a factor: e.g. the Robin was said to have Christ's blood on its breast because it visited the crucifixion and tried to pull the thorns from Christ's head. So the Robin became a religious bird.
Kiln fused glass robins are now available on our website under the Christmas crafts shop.