These days we usually think of cheery red-breasted robins as a hallmark of Christmastime, appearing on many cards and decorations. But robins have many places in old English superstition.
Christians believe that a robin tried to remove the crown of thorns from Jesus' head during the Crucifixion, and that drops of his blood stained the bird's chest red forever.
It is believed that if a robin is seen tapping on the window of your house, or worse, if it flies into your house through an open window, that a member of the household will soon be dead. Not such a cheery, cute bird now is it?
However, if you see your first robin of the year, make a wish and according to superstition, it'll come true!