Jersey Post will launch a set of eight festive stamps on Thursday 27 November entitled ‘The Story of Father Christmas’. Illustrated by Sharif Tarabay, the stamps explore the origins of Father Christmas whilst featuring his different representations around the world.
Jersey Post’s Senior Philatelic Manager, Melanie Gouzinis commented: “Today we take it as given that Father Christmas wears red but this was not always the case. Historically, in the United Kingdom, he was often depicted wearing a green bishop cloak and past illustrations from around the world depict him in purple, light-blue, navy blue, yellow, white and even brown. ”
Father Christmas is known by many different names around the world including Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas and Père Noël. A figure whose origin lies in legend, history and folklore, in many Western cultures he is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children the night before Christmas. Whilst his appearance and features vary according to different cultures and periods in history, over the years these characterisations have merged together to create the universal image of Father Christmas we recognise in western countries today.
Four of Jersey Post’s Christmas stamps have been specially produced with reduced rates for use operationally during a special promotional period which will run from 27 November to 11 December. Two stamps are for use on larger items of mail to Jersey and to the UK and a further two bear the usual tariffs for local and UK mail after the promotional period.
The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from Thursday. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the main post office at Broad Street, St Helier, Jersey, on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616320.