Exhausting Holidays

With just five days remaining until the start of the Twenties, I find myself inundated with non-philatelic pursuits.  I live in a country that is over 90 percent Buddhist with most of the remaining  population being Muslim or Hindu.  Christians make up an extremely small portion of the residents.  And yet, Christmas is extremely popular.  While the majority of schools throughout the Kingdom remain open … Continue reading Exhausting Holidays

Christmas Stamps 2019: Norway

Norway Christmas 2019 08 November 2019 Technical details Issue Date: 08.11.2019 Designer: Camilla Kvien Jensen Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print Process: Offset Values: Domestic Norwegian Broadcaster NRK first began to air Advent calendar series in 1979 as a pre-Christmas program for children. Thirty-nine years have passed since Jul i Skomakergata (Christmas on Cobbler’s Street) was aired on NRK for the first time, but it continues … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Norway

Christmas Stamps 2019: Romania

Romania Christmas 2019 15 November 2019 Technical details Issue Date: 15.11.2019 Designer: Mihail Vămășescu Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp size: 36 x 36 mm; Minisheet size: 124 x 132 mm; Perforated souvenir sheet size: 124 x 109 mm (stamp size 52 x 82 mm) Blocks size: 124 x 136 mm (in philatelic album); 129 x 178 mm (in the special product, with silver … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Romania

Christmas Stamps 2019: Slovenia

Slovenia Christmas 2019 — Snowy Landscape 08 November 2019 Technical details Issue Date: 08.11.2019 Designer: Edi Berk Printer: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 23,76 x 30,80 mm Values: B, C About Christmas 2019 – Stamp B – Snowy Landscape Many people still believe that it isn’t really Christmas if snow doesn’t fall on Christmas Eve! Peace and … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Slovenia

Christmas Stamps 2019: Luxembourg

Luxembourg Christmas 2019 — The Holiday Season 3 December 2019 The Christmas stamps 2019 illustrate a classic subject, a decorated fir tree. A work by artist Anita Wünschmann. On closer inspection, you will notice that it is a collage; a composite image made of pieces of paper and other materials. This technique uses fragments to form something new and whole. At a time when many … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Luxembourg

Christmas Stamps 2019: Germany

Germany Christmas 2019 — Stained Glass Window (The Nativity) 10 October 2019 Brand details: Wet-glue stamps at 0.80 EUR each with a 0.40 EUR surcharge in a 10-sheet, suitable for franking standard letters up to 20 g. Draft: Marvin Hüttermann, Düsseldorf Motive: Monograph de la Cathédrale de Chartres (1867) Value: 0.80 + 0.40 EUR surcharge PWz format: Width: 44.20 mm; Height: 26.20 mm Format decimal … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Germany

Christmas Stamps 2019: Great Britain

Great Britain Christmas 2019 — Light in the Darkness: Christmas Reflections 05 November 2019 The six 2019 Christmas stamps depict scenes from the Biblical story of the Nativity from the Annunciation, the journey of the Magi and the birth of Jesus Christ. They are created by the talented duo and paper-cut artists Hari & Deepti. Based on a fusion of intricate paper-art and lighting, their … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Great Britain

Christmas Stamps 2019: Tokelau

Tokelau Christmas 2019 4 December 2019   As the majority of inhabitants are practicing Christians, Christmas is an essential festival on the atolls of Tokelau. This element of Tokelauan culture is reflected in their national badge – a tuluma that bears a white cross, and an inscription that reads ‘Tokelau mo te Atua’ (Tokelau for God). Issue information Tuluma are wooden boxes used by the … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Tokelau

Christmas Stamps 2019: Niue

Niue Christmas 2019 4 December 2019 Christianity is a key element of life for Niueans, and locals celebrate Christmas just as those in many other countries do – by spending time with loved ones, sharing food and gifts, and reflecting on the traditional Christmas story. Issue information In the Christmas 2019 stamp issue for Niue, the nativity scene has been created out of paper and … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2019: Niue