Australia Posts this year\’s Christmas stamps featuring symbols of popular Christmas carols and the traditional nativity scene.Stamps are based on the Adoration of the Magi – a wool and silk tapestry featuring three magi (or kings) offering their gifts to the Baby Jesus.The festive themed stamps are symbolic of the well-known Christmas carols, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, It\’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Jingle Bells and Ding Dong Merrily on High.Stamps are designed by Australia Post\’s Jo Mure.
This stamp issue has taken a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island\’s name. This year artistic license prevails, as Santa – aided by a Greater Frigatebird, a Green Turtle and Red Crabs – creates sculptures from the island\’s granular sand. Joyfully wrapped gifts arrive by land and by air. This is the second in the series by Andrew Hopgood.
To celebrate the Christmas 2012 the Brazilian Post has issued several colorful stamps:
2) Coral: the stamp features a choir made up of children from various ethnic groups, singing happily with Santa Claus as conductor of major orchestras. The children, representing the future and hope, are united in a circle adorned with typical Christmas elements like holly leaves and musical notes.
3) The block of stamps is a graphical representation of the mosaic art. Rich in technique and color, this art consolidates the essence of the form and spirit over matter. Mary and Joseph are crouched contemplating Jesus, sent to give the humanity his teachings of Love, Peace and Brotherhood. The halo of baby Jesus shines with golden rays spreading throughout the block. The arrangement of Joseph and Mary, supported on the lower base of the block, forming a triangular shaped graphic composition, refers to stability and balance.