Monday, November 19, 2012

The Turkey, the Black Bird and the...Robin?

Hello blogger friends! I know you are probably wondering what's up with the different birds in one title. Well, I wanted to do a Thanksgiving post and a post on robins so I decided to combine them into one and add the black birds. So here we go...

When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's the turkey who get's all the attention, right?
These postcards are from my personal collection and are actually the only turkey things that I have so I tried to fancy them up a bit by displaying them in front of the centerpiece on my dining room table. (along with the black bird!)

Here is where the trusty ol' black birds come in. I know, I know you are getting tired of seeing them! I have used these birds for Halloween,  Autumn and now Thanksgiving! 

Tucked in amongst my faux fruits and veggies is the same rose bud that I shared with you in my last post on the Rose Chintz china.

And then there's the black bird display in the parlor...

You will be glad to know that the black birds will be put away come this "Black" Friday.
So this is where "little robin red breast" comes in... 
The weather has been so nice here lately that the robins are just having a hay day in my bird bath and I was even lucky enough to capture them in the act. I just think they are so precious with that little white ring around their eyes. 

With Christmas just around the corner I wanted to share with you a few of the legends on how the robin got its red breast.

One is connected with the tradition of the burning of the Yule log during the 12 days of Christmas. The robin was believed to have first carried fire to the earth, thus its connection to the Yule log. As the story goes, in the process the robin singed its breast and forever after had a red breast. 

And for those who preferred the religious connection, the robin was said to have plucked a thorn from Christ's crown, accidentally pricking its breast and staining it forever. 
So whatever the belief, the robin could not be omitted from the Christmas decorations of the Victorians. 

This is it for today, but I do want to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. And may we all remember to...

God bless you and yours!

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  1. Che belle immagini vintage!Tra poco avrete il ringraziamento!Buona festa!Baci,Rosetta

  2. Your vintage cards are beautiful! I like the one with the turkeys on the fence.

  3. wishing you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING now that i know the story of the robin i will tried to use one in my Christmas decor

  4. Great collection of Thanksgiving cards. Have never seen that last Thanksgiving card with the turkeys on the fence!

    Thanks for sharing the legends of the robin. Interesting!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Gina.


  5. I am not tired of seeing your birds, Gina, keep showing them. I love birds. Your postcards are awesome and I love the photos of the robins drinking on the birdbath. Robins do not come here cause I never see them...Christine

  6. Adoro il tuo blog... tutto vittoriano a presto lu..

  7. Hi Gina: You have some beautiful post cards. I especially like the one where they are lined up on the fence for some reason, but they are all so pretty. I love the black birds and the way you displayed them. Looks so pretty and elegant with the clock. Who thought those old crows could look elegant? You must have quite a collection of cards..Hope your Thanksgiving was good and Happy Friday..Judy

  8. I love the vintage cards. What a fine collection you have! Thanks for sharing them.

  9. I love those birds Gina! Who could resist birds with bling?.....Certainly not me *winks* And the cards are sooo charming too! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Vanna

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Gina! Oh, I love the robins and the legends that are told about them. Christmas and robins always go together in my books. l did feature your post about old houses at last week's party but I don't think you saw it. It is a very busy time of year for everyone. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and enjoy your celebration tomorrow.


  11. I collect old holiday postcards too and display them each holiday on the mantel, dining table and a picture holder. They are beautiful and so Victorian. Your Thanksgiving ones are so pretty!

  12. Your vintage card collection is great. I saw a bunch of Christmas cards at a thrift store the other day and got all excited! But alas, they were all modern cards. Bummer! I enjoyed reading your legends of the robin, I've never heard either of those before. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It