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United States of America and Aland
2016 Christmas Grand Finale
USPS Holiday Windows Christmas 2016 Stamp Issue

USPS Nativity, and Florentine Madonna with Child
Christmas 2016 Stamp Issue

Aland Christmas 2016 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover two or three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit United States of America and Aland. Each of their 2016 Christmas stamp issues are shown above and some information about them is listed below.

United States Postal Service(USPS) went all out this Christmas with three different Christmas issues. The first was Holiday Windows booklet of 20 issued on October 6, 2016. Second was Florentine Madonna and Child issued on October 18, 2016 and last was Nativity booklet of 20 issued on November 3rd, 2016. A brief description of each of the issues is listed below:

Holiday Windows stamps were design by Ethel Kessler and feature the role windows play during the holidays. They depict the delightful snow fall while were inside and highlight the holiday decoration in our homes and in our neighborhood.

Nativity stamp was designed by Greg Breeding and Nancy Stahl and feature the birth of baby Jesus. The stamp depicts the Holy Family against a dawn sky. Baby Jesus lies in a straw filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right of Joseph who is holding a lantern. A bright star shines over the scene.

Florentine Madonna and Child stamp features a detail look at a 15th century tempera on panel painting. Designed by William J. Gicker it depicts a haloed Virgin Mary with a haloed Christ Child. Behind both figures is a blue sky visible through pink and white roses.

Aland issued two new stamps named "Christmas 2016" on October 10, 2016. Designed by Maja Lindberg these stamps feature elves decorating and getting things ready for the Christmas holidays. The stamps can be purchased as a set of 2, Sheets of 20, Gutter pairs set and FDC. The size of each stamp is 35.4mm x 26mm. They were printed by Cartor Security Printing using the 4 color offset printing process.

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