Tra­di­tions mark Canada Post’s 2013 hol­i­day stamps

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As­the leaves turn and the weather be­comes colder, Cana­di­ans start think­ing about the fast-ap­proach­ing hol­i­day sea­son and the tra­di­tions that sur­round this time of year. For 115 years, one of Canada Post’s tra­di­tions has been to is­sue hol­i­day stamps. Th­ese fes­tive do­mes­tic, U.S. and in­ter­na­tional de­nom­i­na­tion stamps adorn the mil­lions of hol­i­day cards sent ev­ery year.

This year’s is­sue fea­tures hand­made needle­crafts, which are a beau­ti­ful part of hol­i­day tra­di­tion for many fam­i­lies no mat­ter how they cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son. This year’s do­mes­tic, U.S. and in­ter­na­tional de­nom­i­na­tion is­sues give Cana­di­ans the op­por­tu­nity to dec­o­rate their cards and let­ters with crafty stamps that fea­ture im­ages in cross-stitch, one of the old­est forms of em­broi­dery.

The fourth stamp shows baby Je­sus in the care of his ma­ter­nal grand­mother, Saint Anne. This is the first time Saint Anne has been fea­tured on a hol­i­day stamp in Canada.

Cana­di­ans who want to cre­ate their own, mod­ern tra­di­tion and cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son in a mem­o­rable way can use the Canada Post Pic­ture Postage™ ser­vice - avail­able online or on the free Canada Post mo­bile app - to make their own per­son­al­ized hol­i­day stamps and greet­ing cards for loved ones or cus­tomers.

With a va­ri­ety of themed de­signs to choose from, mak­ing a unique hol­i­day stamp or greet­ing card is sim­ple. It’s also pos­si­ble to take the has­sle out of ad­dress­ing all those en­velopes by up­load­ing a mail­ing list (via the web). Canada Post will add the postage and mail your cards to any­where it de­liv­ers, or ship the cards to your home so you can add stamps and per­haps in­sert a photo or two or a hol­i­day let­ter.

All three Christ­mas Craft stamps (do­mes­tic, U.S. and In­ter­na­tional) mea­sure 22 mm x 24 mm, have sim­u­lated per­fo­ra­tions and pres­sure-sen­si­tive gum, and are printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Rus­sell pa­per us­ing lithog­ra­phy in seven colours. They were de­signed by Hélène L’Heureux of In­ter­ac­tion De­sign. The do­mes­tic stamps are avail­able in book­lets of 12 stamps and the U.S. and In­ter­na­tional each in book­lets of six. A sou­venir sheet of all three stamps is also avail­able. The Of­fi­cial First Day Cover was can­celled on Oc­to­ber 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Manitoba, the head­quar­ters of the Em­broi­der­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. They should be avail­able at our lo­cal post of­fice now.

The Saint Anne with the Christ Child stamp mea­sures 26.25 mm x 32.25 mm (ver­ti­cal), has sim­u­lated per­fo­ra­tion and pres­sure-sen­si­tive gum, and was printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Rus­sell pa­per us­ing lithog­ra­phy in six colours. It was de­signed by Louise Méthé from a paint­ing by 17th cen­tury artist Ge­orges de La Tour, which is per­ma­nently housed in the Art Gallery of On­tario in Toronto. In lov­ing mem­ory of a dear hus­band and friend who was taken from me 10 years ago Oc­to­ber 24th2003.

Lov­ing Re­mem­bered WHITE­MAN – In lov­ing mem­ory of Ethel who passed away 10 years ago Oc­to­ber 29th, 2003. Al­ways in our thoughts! Joyce Thayer and fam­i­lies

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