Friday, December 9, 2016

Aloha to Holiday Stamps!

I am a frequent customer at the Post Office!  I recently noticed the wide range of holiday stamps ... I share the press release from the Post Office.

WASHINGTON — Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or another special occasion, the U.S. Postal Service has new Forever stamps for you along with favorites from recent years.

“Since 1893, we have issued stamps celebrating the cultures of people who have come together from around the world,” said Postal Service Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner. “We hope America will take advantage of our diverse selection of stamps as they extend their best wishes to friends, family and loved ones.”

Penner also noted that customers can save a trip to the Post Office by purchasing the stamps online at or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

Christmas Magi
The stamp art illustrates the traditional tale of the Magi, who came bearing gifts for Jesus. The three regal figures sit atop a trio of bedecked and harnessed camels, the animals almost at the summit of a small hill. Guiding them is a large, dazzling star shining in the sky. The colors in the sky range from a rose near the horizon, darkening to a rich purple at the top, suggesting that the travelers are moving through the desert at dawn.

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year. On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival was celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct. 30 for North Indians.

Eid Greetings
Featuring a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this stamp commemorates the two most important festivals — or eids — in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The gold-colored calligraphy on this stamp was created by world-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, VA. The script reads Eidukum mubarak, “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed).”
Florentine Madonna and Child
This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempera-on-panel painting at the National Gallery of Art Widener Collection, in Washington, DC. The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” Art historians have speculated that the painter may have had preparatory drawings or close copies of the works of the masters he imitated, and that a relationship may have existed between those artists’ workshops and the workshop of this anonymous painter.

The 2016 Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. Traditionally, the menorah is displayed in a doorway or window to proclaim the miracle of Hanukkah. Hanukkah spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual. The eight nights and days of Hanukkah begin on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. In 2016, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 24.
The Holy Family stamp celebrates Christmas with a scene from the Nativity story that reminds us of the joys of the season: family, togetherness and the birth of the baby Jesus. The stamp continues the Postal Service’s tradition of issuing beautiful and timeless Christmas stamps and will be a treasured addition to cards and letters sent during this season of goodwill and sharing. 

This bright and colorful new stamp design celebrates the annual non-religious holiday of Kwanzaa, which takes place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.  2016 marks the 50th anniversary of this widely celebrated holiday. Kwanzaa derives its name from the phrase “first fruits” in Swahili. The holiday honors the African-American family, community and culture.

The Postal Service celebrates Christmas with a new stamp featuring a traditional Nativity scene. The stamp art depicts a peaceful yet powerful image of the Holy Family silhouetted against a dawn sky. The baby Jesus lies in a straw-filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right and Joseph standing to the left, holding a lantern. A bright star shines over the scene. The Gospel of Luke relates how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to register for the census decreed by the Roman emperor. The Nativity stamps may be in limited supply at local Post Offices due to high demand. 

Neon Celebrate!
Good times call for good wishes. Bringing an extra wish for happiness to anyone celebrating a special time, this stamp features a brilliantly colored design crafted out of neon and glass that adds a spark to greeting cards, invitations and gift-bearing envelopes and packages.
Do you use holiday stamps for your greeting cards?  Do you have a favorite from this year ... or previous years?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Sunday, December 11, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Monday, December 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Also available - Holiday Windows!


  1. We always use the Christmas stamps. They really are beautiful.

  2. Yes I do use them. Not sure if I have a fave way too many

  3. When I used to mail lots of cards, I used many Christmas stamps but I don't really have a favorite. I do, however, still love seeing them when I get mail!

  4. I have a stamp collection I started as a child. I had a pen pal that lived in Africa and I loved the stamps. I still collect the ones I think are neat 😊

  5. I do use special stamps but my husband picks them out.

  6. I always buy them. No real favorites - they're all special. We have family members who have collected stamps - very interesting.

  7. I have some of those Celebrate Stamps left from last year. I'll have to stop by the post office & see what they have in the Forever stamps.

  8. I always buy holiday stamps - sometimes I get to make your and we use them during the year

  9. I have a bunch of forever stamps, but none of them are the holiday ones. Do remember buying stamps celebrating the Lunar New Year.

  10. I do like the holiday stamps....all of them.

  11. Now that my husband is retired from being a postal clerk, I don't get to see what the new stamps are like. These are all lovely. I can see some being a problem in less tolerant areas. Several times when people asked for Christmas stamps, he took out a sheet of the Madonna stamps. He had several people throw them back in his face saying they didn't want any damn Catholic stamps. I can just imagine their reaction to the Diwali and Eid stamps. Welcome to the Bible Belt South.

  12. I like receiving them and looking at the many different types but I'm not partial to any. Nor do I go out of my way to get some for my Christmas cards.

  13. I love using holiday stamps for my card! I will probably go for the holiday windows design.

  14. I love the holiday stamps. This year I used the Songbirds in Snow stamps for my Christmas cards.

  15. I always enjoy the holiday stamps. I don't really have a favorite. I do love uing them .
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. I love holiday stamps! I need to get to the post office soon to get some more for Christmas cards. I think I'll go for the Magi this time.