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What's the Significance of a Bird's Nest at Christmas?

If you’ve ever watched a bird construct a nest, you know the industrious little creatures show great commitment and dedication to building a home. 

They hurry back to their homestead time after time, steadily adding bits of grass, moss, fluff, twigs – even gum wrappers and other litter – until the nest meets their satisfaction.

But when winter arrives, what happens to the sturdy little homes the birds leave behind?

At least once in a while, they are discovered in the branches of a pine tree brought indoors for a family’s Christmas celebration.

Bird Christmas Lore

For centuries, birds have represented freedom, new beginnings and devotion. Some birds also are regarded as spiritual messengers or possessing great wisdom or nobility.

Birds figure in many Christmas legends and customs. In several Nordic and European countries, for instance, it’s traditional to feed the birds on Christmas Eve.

 Many old Christmas carols name birds among the witnesses to Christ’s birth. One of the most famous carols to reference birds is “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which features a partridge, doves, hens, “calling” birds, geese and swans.

Perhaps birds’ ancient connection to Christmas is why finding a bird nest in a Christmas tree is considered good luck. German folklore states that the birds nest brings with it health, happiness and prosperity.

Birds are a common Christmas ornament motif. You can find many charming, graceful and colorful bird Christmas ornaments, often featuring long tails made from real feathers.

Wreaths and other decorations also frequently include winter birds. Cardinals are an especially popular “Christmas bird,” since their red coloring blends so well with Christmas red and green.

Adding bird ornaments and decorations to your Christmas decor helps keep old Christmas traditions alive - and they’re a sweet way to recognize the interests of your favorite bird lover!

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