A fortnight ago I was at a quiz about Christmas and there was a question about robins, robingoch.
As a follow up we were told that in Sir Gar and (either Sir Bemfro neu Ceredigion) it’s unlucky to have a robingoch on a Christmas card.
Since then I’ve bought the subject up with some Cymnraes.
I was in a charity shop and there was a singing robingoch activated by people walking by it. I bought up the subject of the Christmas cards and the shop manager said she had fairly recently moved from North Wales (I’m in Sir Gar) and her new neighbour won’t have any pictures of birds, of any variety, in her house. I didn’t ask about cook books.
My colleague who gives me a lift to work says her neighbour puts any cards with a robingoch on straight into the bin.
And someone else knows of someone who cuts the pictures of any robingoch from the card.
I believe a robingoch inside the house is supposed to portend a death in the house.
Had anyone else heard of this, and are there any customs I am blissfully ignorant of?