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Canadian Christmas stamps


Canadian Christmas stamps

Ian Kerr

Even the polar bears are friendly and festive in Canada. Well, they are if Canada Post's Christmas stamp release are to be believed.

Polar bears and other vicious animals such as a caribou and a red cardinal adorn the Christmas Animals series. (I've never eaten any of those animals at Christmas.) Check out the stamp with the caribou... is that a disco dancing caribou?

This year’s sacred issue, designed by Louise Méthé, showcases The Adoration of the Shepherds, an oil-on-panel painting housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Attributed to Italian artist Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti (c. 1495-1564), this masterpiece was based on Luke’s gospel, in which angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, who then rushed from their fields to find their newborn saviour.

The Christmas Animals stamps were designed by Hélène L'Heureux, with illustrations by Christiane Beauregard.

Canada Post also released a stamp recognising Hanukkah, the Jewish faith’s eight-day celebration also known as the Festival of Lights.

In May, Canada Post issued an Eid stamp to recognize two important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide. In September, Canada Post and India Post partnered on a historic joint stamp issue featuring two stamps marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

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