On the night that Baby Jesus was born, a plain brown bird was watching from her nest in the loft of the stable.
During the night, a cold breeze came through the drafty stable, and Mary was afraid the Baby would not stay warm. Joseph built a small fire, but it was not enough.
The bird was watching from her nest and knew that this Child was very special. She flew down to the fire and gently flapped her wings to fan the fire. She was very close to the fire and became so hot that her feathers turned red. But she stayed by the fire all night to keep the Baby warm.
The breast of the robin has been red since that night to remind us of the love and dedication she showed.