A Scandinavian Christmas Tradition for Your Birds

Join the Scandinavian bird lovers with a special Christmas Day tradition. It just might bring you good tidings in the Year.

Feed Birds on Christmas Day

Bnbbyc18 Martina NordstrandCourtesy Martina Nordstrand
Male black rosy-finch

I have always found it very interesting to learn about other cultures and traditions, and when those intersect with my passion for birds and birding, it’s even better.

One of my favorite bird related traditions is from the Scandinavian countries in northern Europe. They believe that if you feed the birds on Christmas Day, you will have good luck in the New Year.

Christmas tree for the birdsCourtesy Nancy Tully/Country magazine
A Christmas feast for backyard birds

So, be sure to spread some seed on your doorstep on Christmas morning (try sunflower seed to attract the most species), and enjoy good tidings in the coming year! This is a fun and easy holiday tradition that the whole family can enjoy. P.S. Have you ever noticed how many gifts in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ are birds?

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I love when Red-breasted Nuthatches arrive at my feeders. I'm hoping that this is a year filed with them!Rob Ripma
I love when red-breasted nuthatches arrive at my feeders. I’m hoping for a year filled with them!

Maybe your luck will start early and a red-breasted nuthatch will find the seed you put out!

Next, join the Christmas bird count and start another new holiday tradition.

Rob Ripma
Rob is a lifelong Indiana resident and co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours. He has birded extensively throughout the Americas and also spent time birding in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Rob is currently on the executive boards of two organizations: Past President of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis (after leading the board as President for 6 years) and Secretary for Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). He also serves as the field trip coordinator for BSBO’s Biggest Week in American Birding annual event. Rob sat on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is a co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field. His leadership and expertise led to Rob working as the primary bird blogger for Birds & Blooms Magazine from 2013-2017. Rob enjoys working with both new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect them and their habitats. Additionally, he loves educating others about the positive impact nature tourism can have on local economies, especially in developing countries. This passion led to his involvement in the production of a PBS television program called, “Flight Path: The World of Migratory Birds”, where a crew accompanied him on a tour to Panama to highlight and bring to life the effect that birds and birding have on both the people that see them and those who work and live in areas visited by birders and nature lovers. Rob graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2008 and lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.