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Guernsey Postal Service 2003 Issue
Designed by Petula Stone

Twas the night before Christmas

The Guernsey Postal Service has issued 6 new stamps that have postage values of 10, 27, 36, 40, 45, and 65 Pence named "Twas the night before Christmas" on the 16th of October 2003. The stamps feature scenes taken for the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore. In case you forgot the poem, or never heard of it before, here are the verses.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter; Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of midday to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick; More rapid then eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
'Now DASHER! Now, DANCER! Now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! On CUPID! On, DONER and BLITZEN! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!'
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof; As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; A bundle of toys he hand flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes - how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle; But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of site, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

The "Twas the Night before Christmas" stamps can be purchased as a set of stamps, Souvenir Sheet, Presentation Pack, or FDC. Each stamp size is 30.56mm x 38.00mm with a perforation of 14. They will be printed by De La Rue using the Offset Lithography printing process using 110 gsm unwatermarked PVA adhesive paper.


Twas the night before Christmas FDC Stamp


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.guernseypost.com. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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