07 November 2014

New stamps on Christmas


Festive  stamps on Christmas from Christmas Islands


Date of Issue : 31 October 2014

As the Christmas is approaching, postal administrations round the world are issuing stamps for this year’s Christmas. Some  of the stamps are so beautiful with the funny and smiling images of Santa depicting the festive activities of Christmas !! Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated on December 25. It incorporates religious practices, exchanging gifts, decorations at home, companies, and public areas, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Clause to arrive. Here are some recent issues on Christmas….

Christmas Island Post issued  Christmas stamps on 31st October to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The designs which are inscribed “Christmas Island Australia” feature Father Christmas and Christmas Island red crabs.

Christmas Island festive season stamps are traditionally a light-hearted and humorous depiction of Father Christmas enjoying Christmas festivities on the island with the various creatures, including crabs and birds that the island is renowned for. All are busily preparing Christmas Island for seasonal activities, including gift giving. Crabs dressed in Santa hats join Father Christmas while he carries starfish to adorn the tree. A single reindeer, with a red crab perched on his nose, is watching with interest from afar.


Christmas and New Year traditions from Aruba



Date of Issue : 22 October 2014

Aruba Post released a series of festive stamps celebrating Christmas and New Year 2014. Christmas is a festival full of fun and enthusiasm. New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire since 45 BC. Romans originally dedicated New Year’s Day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month of the year (January) is named.

In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is probably the world’s most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.

Joint issue from Argentina and Vatican City for this year’s Christmas



This year’s Christmas postage stamp series produced by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office is a joint issue with Argentina and consists of a 0.85 cent value in a sheet of ten. The theme chosen to represent the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is taken from paintings by Argentinian artist Raúl Soldi (1905-1994), who produced the works in the church of Saint Anne in Glew (Buenos Aires).

On the stamp, the baby Jesus is at the center of a complex composition: the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the Magi, and above in the depiction of the sky, there are two angels who dominate the scene together with a number of knights.


Santa’s Magic holiday stamps from Canada Post




Date of Issue : 27 October 2014

Canada Post released a series of stamps featuring the trio of Santa stamps and painting of Virgin and Child. Canada Post blends the playful and magical essence of the holidays with the sacred tradition of Christmas with its latest holiday stamp issue.

The issue features three whimsical and colourful depictions of Santa Claus, a symbol of the holidays for much of the world.  Each stamp shows Santa performing his many important tasks. The fourth stamp in the issue – a Permanent TM domestic stamp – features a beautiful detail that shows a classic 17th century painting of the Virgin and Child. The painting is part of the collection at Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec in Quebec City. This year’s stamp issue recognizes the parish’s 350th anniversary.


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