Happy Father’s Day!

We wish all our fans in the U.S. (and around the world!) a very happy Father’s Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Today we honor all the men and women who have lost their lives while defending the United States. Their service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. We thank all of our nation’s fallen military personnel for their bravery in fighting for our freedom.

Issued in 2001 as part of the Great American Illustrators pane, this drawing by James Montgomery Flagg comes from a World War II Marine Corps recruitment poster. Flagg’s iconic images, including the famous Uncle Sam “I Want You” magazine cover, have become important pieces of military Americana.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in communities throughout the U.S. owes its credit to the millions of Irish immigrants who helped build this country. The Irish had a tremendous influence on American culture, from literature and music, to dance and theater. Irish immigrants also provided a crucial workforce that supported our transition from an agricultural society into a powerful industrial nation.

This holiday of Irish merriment has been celebrated in North America since the 18th century, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be stopping anytime soon. Today, we’re all Irish!

Happy Hanukkah!

At sundown tonight, Hanukkah—or the Festival of Lights, as it’s often called—will begin, as Jews around the world light the first candle on their menorahs, exchange gifts, spin dreidels, and participate in the merriment of this joyous holiday.

Hanukkah commemorates the successful revolt of the Jews led by Judah Maccabee against the oppressive government of Antiochus IV and the Seleucid Empire in 165 B.C.E.

Hebrew for “dedication,” the tradition of Hanukkah relates how a miracle took place during the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated. The remaining supply of sacramental oil, thought to be enough for only one day, burned for eight days.

The eight days and nights of Hanukkah begin on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December on the Gregorian calendar.

Since 1996, the Postal Service has issued four stamps celebrating Hanukkah. The Hanukkah stamp issued this year, conceived by art director Ethel Kessler and illustrated by artist Suzanne Kleinwaks, is the first to be released as a Forever® stamp. Each stamp features its own stylized understanding of the images important and iconic to the Jewish holiday and the merry spirit of the eight days and nights.

Happy Hanukkah!

Show Us Your Baubles!

What better way to get into the spirit of the holiday season than by creating your very own holiday bauble stamp? Share your design with us and you could win a collectible 2011 Stamp Yearbook! Submit your design(s) any time between now and midnight on Sunday, December 18. We’ll choose five finalists, and you’ll vote for the winner next week. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 23. We can’t wait to see what you come up with, so get creating! For full contest details, visit the contests tab on our Facebook page.