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31 October 2017

A Traditional Christmas


Christmas stamps reminiscent of earlier times will be issued by Jersey Post at the start of the festive season.   Designed by illustrator Ruth Palmer whose work includes educational and children’s projects including the stories of Beatrix Potter and Ladybird books, these seasonal stamps evoke a feeling of warmth and nostalgia. 

Set in the 1950s and 1960s, each stamp depicts a traditional festive activity including bringing home the Christmas tree, making the Christmas cake and carol singing which many will recognise as typical of their childhood Christmases.   

With no computer games and less reliance on television for entertainment,  children spent many hours reading Christmas annuals and playing with a range of toys from die-cast model cars, dolls, hula-hoops, puzzles and games many of which are still family favourites today.

Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post, reflects, “Of course, most of these traditions are still going strong today but Ruth Palmer’s interpretation reminds us of the time before computers and mobile phones, when families wore their Sunday best for Christmas dinner and festive patterned jumpers were worn in a non-ironic way!”

Jersey Post’s Traditional Christmas Stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 20 November 2017. Philatelic stamp products such as First Day Covers, Miniature Sheets, Souvenir Sheetlets and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320

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