A set of 6 seasonal cards depicting a little Robin/ Spideog amongst winter foliage in Sonia's typical botanical illustrative style.
The Robin is a much-loved bird and several folktales associate the Robin with looking out for people and comforting the sick and dying. Many tales also link the Robin with the Christmas story. These have made it a strong symbol of Christmas today as well as having pre-Christian associations as in the tale below.
If the soul and symbol of the old sun and the Oak King was the Wren, the Robin represented the new sun, The Wren was said to hide in the Ivy, the Robin in the Holly. The Pagan Neolithic Festival of the birth of the new sun, symbolised by the Robin, was at the Winter Solstice (21st December). The Robin (the new sun) killed his father the Wren (the old sun)and that is how he got his red breast, from the blood of his father.
The above is printed on the back of the card which measures 215mm x 105mm and is left blank inside for your own seasonal message.