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New Zealand Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

Norway Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

Swiss Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year because there are so many Christmas Stamps Issues, we decided to cover three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. Each country Christmas stamps and specification are listed below.

New Zealand issued one set of five stamps named "A 2000 Year Old Story of Wonder" on the 2nd of November 2005. Designed by Anton Petrov; the stamps depict various Christian Nativity scenes which show Baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph, Shepherd, Wise Men and the Star of Wonder. The size of each stamp is 35mm x 35mm with a 14.25 perforation size. They were printed by Southern Color Print, New Zealand using the Offset Lithography printing process with gummed 104 gms paper. The stamp can be purchase as a single set, sheets of 50, Special Blocks or FDC.

Norway issued a new two stamp Christmas set designed by Gina Rose and named "Christmas Motives". Each stamp depicts a Christmas decoration and has a postage value of 6 NOK. One stamp depicts a Christmas Tree made up of Gingerbread biscuits sprinkle with icing sugar, and the other stamp depicts Oranges with Clove buds and a dish of nuts. The stamps were issued on November 19th 2005. They were printed by Royal Joh. Enschede, Netherlands using the Photogravure/Offset printing process. The stamp can be purchase as a stamp booklet, Presentation Pack, Collector's set, Collector's sheet, or FDC.

Switzerland issued a two stamp Christmas set named "Special Stamps Christmas Customs" designed by Michele Haas. They were issued on the 22nd of November 2005. The 85 CHF stamp depicts items of the Christian Churches and represent Saint Nicholas who was the saint of children and students in the Middle ages. The 100 CHF stamp depicts a bread baked man which is commonly know as a Grittibanz, Grattimaa, Elggermaa, Chlaus, or Petit Bonhomme depending on the region in Switzerland. Each stamp size is 28 x 33mm and has a perforation of 13 3/4 x 13 1/2. They were printed by Carter Security Printing, France using the Offset printing process with gummed 110 gms stamp paper.

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