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2007 Christmas Grand Finale
Norway Christmas Stamp Issues

Guernsey Deck the Halls Christmas Stamp Issues

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover two different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit Norway and Guernsey. Each of their 2007 Christmas stamp issues are shown above and their specification are listed below.

Norway issued two new stamps named "Christmas Stamps 2007". They were designed by Anne Kristin Hagesaether and issued on November 23, 2007.

"Norway Christmas Stamps 2007" depict the Christmas Star and The Three Wise Men. They are being issued with a postage value of 7 NOK each. The Christmas Star was a guide for the three wise men so they could find baby Jesus when he was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Nobody knows who they really were but they were though of as Kings and were given the names of Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior in the sixth century. These names are inscribed on a mosaic in a church in Ravenna in Northern Italy which was built in 560 AD.
Artist began to Paint Caspar as a young king. Melchior as middle-aged and Balthazar as a old man. Caspar was black and came from Nubia, Balthazar came from Sheba and Melchior came from Egryskulla. They were allegedly baptized in Persia by the Apostle Thomas who was a bishops in the year 54 AD. When the three wise men found baby Jesus under the star. Each gave baby Jesus a gift. Caspar gave gold, Balthazar gave frank-incense and Melchior gave myrrh.
St. Helena mother of Emperor Constantine, is said to have found the relics of the Three Kings and taken them to Constantinople. From there they were sent to Milan at the end of the forth century. When Milan was conquered in 1158, the relics were sent to Cologne. There they were laid in a gold shrine in the form of a basilica with a central nave and two side naves. The shrine can still be seen behind the high alter in Cologne Cathedral.

"Norway Christmas Stamps 2007" can be purchased in booklets of 10, Presentation pack, Collector's set, Collector's sheets, or FDC. They will be printed by Royal Joh. Enschede, Netherlands using the Photogravure printing process. A total of 1.6 million stamp booklets will be issued.

Guernsey issued 12 new Christmas stamps designed by Karl Taylor and named "Deck the Halls". The stamps depict six cool Christmas items and six warm Christmas items. The blue stamps being cool depict the pine cone which is dusted with snow, crystal angel, snowflake and a classic bauble. The red stamps being warm depict a gold bauble, a glittery, spiky star and gold bell from a tree. The stamps have postage values of 27p, 32p, 37p, 45p, 48p, 50p, and 71p and were issued on October 25, 2007. Each is described as follows:

"Deck the Halls" stamps can be purchased as a set of 12, Sheets of 50, Presentation pack, or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 31mm x 26mm with a Perforation size of 14.75 x 14.5 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei using the Offset Lithography printing process with 110 gms paper.

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