Rainbow Robin


Aberdeen City Council’s Family Learning and Creative Learning Teams have been working with many partners including Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums to bring a sprinkle of festive cheer to the City and beyond this year.  

Follow the Rainbow Robin Facebook page to find all sorts of activities, videos and challenges to keep all the family busy throughout the 12 days of Christmas!




Did you get some cool Christmas cards this year? Or perhaps you sent and received Christmas memes or messages via social media? 

Robins are a popular Christmas image. Look at this cute card of two fluffy robins sharing a branch - amazingly this card is over 120 years old! There are around 250 historic Christmas cards in our collections, dating from the late 1800s to the 1980s.   




Did you know? 

  • The very first Christmas card was made in 1843 by Henry Cole. Tired of writing a message to everyone on his Christmas list, he asked his friend the artist John Calcott Horsley to create a card and message that could be printed many times.  

  • Victorian postmen are said to have inspired the appearance of robins on Christmas cards - they were nicknamed ‘robins’ due to their bright red uniforms.  



Making your own festive decorations is a fun (and inexpensive) way to spend any free time you might have before Christmas Day finally arrives. 

Watch this video on how to make your very own robin decoration using paper plates:



What’s your favourite Christmas carol? One of ours is The Twelve Days of Christmas. This wonderful singalong song tells the story of someone receiving lots of presents in the run up to Christmas Day. Can you remember what is gifted on day six? 

There are a lot of verses, so if you want to remind yourself, here’s a version of the whole carol: