Letters from Great Britain

Are you ready for the Christmas season? With the release last week of the Holy Family and Santa and Sleigh stamps, we certainly are . . . almost! So, with the holiday season already on the brain, we traveled to the United Kingdom (virtually, of course) and took a look at Royal Mail‘s Christmas stamps.

Issued in 2011, this commemorative pane features seven stamps, each depicting a scene from the Nativity story as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The stamps also include the particular verse represented in the artwork, as well as the historic silhouette of the Queen of England above the denomination. In addition to celebrating Christmas, these stamps pay tribute to the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible.

Every other year, Royal Mail issues religiously-themed Christmas stamps, alternating with secular designs, which helps appeal to a wide range of customers. For 2012, seven stamps illustrated by Axel Scheffler—co-creator of the world-famous children’s book series The Gruffalo—will be issued. The designs include fun Christmas images, such as reindeer, Santa Claus, and a silly snowman. The stamps will be issued in November.

We were surprised to find that our neighbors across the pond celebrate this winter holiday with stamps quite similar to our own. We can’t wait to see what we’ll find in other parts of the world! Where would you like to see us go next?