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Worldwide Christmas stamps 2021

Written by catpaw

November 10, 2021

Welcome to Christmas 2021 stamps from around the world. Each November, a rush of new stamps hits the market, just in time for the Christmas delivery schedule. Are you ready for cuteness overload? Hope so, because there are some stamps that are inexcusably adorable. 

Sprinkled amongst the usual cute animals ‘n elves are a handful of notable designs that tell stories through an unusual or unexpected design. There are a few outstanding issues that merit highlighting. I’ve posted them at the beginning of this article to draw your attention to them and invite comments on your opinions on my choices. As stamps are released and added, I may amend the introduction to add new finds worth a closer look. 

Please keep in mind, this is a work in progress. I opted not to wait until everything is released and hope you enjoy the edits, new editions and on going commentary. You are welcome to leave a comment below about your picks, dissecting my top choices, or to simply to say Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. I really enjoy reading comments. Except for spammers. No one likes spammers. 

Cubist Christmas

A few stamps stand out this year. They include Royal Mail’s set from cubist artist Jorge Cocco.  At first glance I wasn’t fond of the stamps but they take time and thought to appreciate the rich, earthy tones and details. It’s turned into one of my top picks. 

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Have you seen this elf, ma’am?

I’m also fond of Canada’s “mug shot trio” – Holiday Portraits from illustrator Geneviève Godbout. What can I say? I’m a push over for well done cartoons. 

Holiday Portraits - Santa Holiday Portraits - Reindeer Holiday Portraits - Elf    

Best over all stamp

Greenland’s November 9th stamp has to be the most stunning design of the year. I doubt anything released after the 9th will come close to the singular beauty displayed in this small stamp. Originally, I tagged Jorge Cocco’s Nativity as the best of the year, but one looks at this stamp and wow, I was immediately bowled over.

Greenland Christmas stamp one

This singular design by artist Maria Bach Kreutzmann is a showcase of Greenlandic culture and history. I can’t say enough about the details nestled in this stamp. I often speak about the stories stamps tell, and this is a beautiful example of what I mean. I’ll let Kreutzmann explain the meaning behind the various symbols within the stamp:

 …I chose to combine it with a woman with Greenlandic tattoos, as I feel this conveys ’new-meets-old-meets-new-again’. Tattoos are a tradition that is
making a comeback. Along with the old tradition of the Christmas star, it just felt right to put them together, also to show tattoos in the context of being ordinary and commonplace. Just as I hope that the tradition of the Christmas star never disappears, I also believe that tattoos are an old tradition that has come back to stay.” Maria Bach Kreutzmann.

What do you think? Have your say. Pick a favourite and leave a comment about why you like it. And don’t forget to return to see if new stamps have been added. 

Christmas cheers

Catpaw


Åland

Christmas 2021

Aland stamps 2021 Christmas Christmas 2021 stamp showing cartoon celebrants

2 stamps, cancel

Designer: Rebecca Elfast

Date of Issue: October. 20, 2021


Alderney Christmas

 Christmas 2021 Alderney 4 stamps

Christmas 2021 Alderney 3 stamps 

 Christmas 2021 Alderney sheets

Christmas 2021 Alderney presentation pack FDC Christmas 2021 Alderney

Set of 7 Stamps, FDC, cancel, Presentation Pack, Sheets of 10

  • 45p Stamp: Luke 2.14
  • 50p Stamp: Luke 1.30
  • 70p Stamp: Luke 1.31
  • 73p Stamp: Luke 2.7
  • £1 Stamp: Luke 2.10
  • £1.15 Stamp: Matthew 2.9
  • £1.20 Stamp: Matthew 2.14

Designer: Joe Smith

Release date: November. 3, 2021


Andorra (Fr)

Christmas Angel

Andorre - Angel 

Andorre - Angel sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 15

Artwork taken from Mestre Çanou’s 1606 canopy.

Designer: Àlex Tena and Stéphanie Ghinéa

Release date: November 8, 2021


Australia

Australia Christmas 2021 gingerbread tree Australia Christmas 2021 ginger bread present Australia Christmas 2021 gingerbread star 

Australia Christmas 2021 wreath Australia Christmas 2021 madona and child  

souvenir sheet

Australia Christmas 2021 souvenir sheet 

FDCs

Australia Christmas 2021 FDC with 5 stamps Australia Christmas 2021 FDC

numismatic cover

Christmas 2021 Postal Numismatic Cover Australia

gutter strips

Christmas 2021 Postal gutter strip tree and present Christmas 2021 Postal gutter strip star Christmas 2021 Postal gutter strip madona and child  

booklets

Christmas 2021 booklet coverChristmas 2021 religious bookle0 

mini sheets

Australia Christmas 2021 sheetlet pack   

 Australia Christmas 2021 sheetlet pack secular   Australia Christmas 2021 sheetlet star

Australia Christmas 2021 sheetlet christmas tree Australia Christmas 2021 sheetlet tree    

maxi cards

Australia Christmas 2021 maxi card 2 Australia Christmas 2021 maxi card 1 Australia Christmas 2021 maxi card 4

Australia Christmas 2021 maxi card 5Australia Christmas 2021 maxi card 3

5 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel, numismatic cover, cancel, 3 gutter strips of 10, 2 booklets of 20, 4 mini sheets of 5, mini sheet pack, stamp pack, 5 maxi cards

Designer secular stamps: Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio
Designer religious stamps & product design: Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio

Release date: November 1, 2021


Austria

Christmas at Holly Pond

Austria Christmas postcards

6 postcards and 6 stamps

Release date: November 2, 2021

Merry Christmas

Austria Christmas Postcards 2021

4 postcards and 4 stamps

Release date: November 2, 2021

Package of Christmas stamps & recipes

Christmas stamp pack Austria 2021

20 self adhesive stamps

A nostalgic rocking horse and an idyllic watercolour painted by former Bishop Stecher (1921–2013) spread Christmas spirit, as well as a portrait from St. Stephen’s Cathedral showing St. Joseph with the Child Jesus, and an expressive painting from the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Release date: November 2, 2021

Christmas Mittens

Christmas Mittens Austria 2021

1 stamp

Designer: David Gruber

Release date: November 12, 2021


Belgium

Christmas Decorations

Christmas DecorationsChristmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

2 stamps, booklets of 10

Designer: Stephanie Dehenni 

Release date: October 25, 2021


Belarus

Happy New Year! Merry Christmas!
С Новым годом и Рождеством Христовым!

Christmas 2021 FDC cancel  

secondary stamp image shows security mark

Christmas 2021 stamp one Christmas 2021 stamp one security mark Merry Christmas 2021 Belarus Merry Christmas 2021 Belarus security mark

Christmas 2021 mini sheet  Merry Christmas 2021 Belarus mini sheet 

Christmas 2021 Belarus FDC 

Christmas 2021 Belarus Maxi card Christmas 2021 Belarus Maxi card two

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 3 + labels, FDC, cancel, 2 maxi cards

Designer: Marina Vitkovskaya

Release date: October 28, 2021


Brazil

 Brazil Christmas

1 stamp

Designer: Ariadne Decker and Meik

Release date: October 12, 2021


Bulgaria

Christmas Bulgaria 2021 

1 stamp

Designer: Nenko Atanasov

Release date: November 15, 2021


Canada

Two sets issued – one religious, the second secular – by different designers.

Angels

Christmas (2021), Angels single stamp 

Christmas (2021), Angels booklet  Christmas (2021), Angels booklet inside

 

Christmas (2021), Angels FDC 

1 stamp, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer: Stéphane Huot
Illustrator: Luc Melanson

Release date: November 1, 2021

Canada Holiday Portraits

Holiday Portraits - Santa Holiday Portraits - Reindeer Holiday Portraits - Elf 

Holiday Portraits - Santa booklet cover Holiday Portraits - Reindeer booklet cover Holiday Portraits - Elf booklet cover 

Holiday Portraits - Santa booklet inside Holiday Portraits - Reindeer booklet insideHoliday Portraits - Elf booket inside 

Holiday Portraits souvenir sheet 

Holiday Portraits FDC

3 stamps, 3 booklets of 12 (Santa) and 6, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Stamp Designers: Larry Burke, Anna Stredulinsky | Burke & Burke
Illustrator: Geneviève Godbout

Release date: November 1, 2021


Christmas Island

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 greeting wildlife stamp Christmas Island Christmas 2021 snorkling santa 

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 sheetlet 

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 Minisheet 

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 gutter strip one Christmas Island Christmas 2021 gutter strip two 

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 FDC two stamps  Christmas Island Christmas 2021 FDC Minisheet

Christmas Island Christmas 2021 FDC

 

2 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 gutter sheets of 10, booklet of 10, 2 FDCs, cancel, numismatic cover, cancel

Snorkeling Santa & Greeting wildlife

Illustrator: Andrew McIntosh
Set designer: Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio

Release date: November 1, 2021 


Cyprus

Christmas Cyprus 2021 stamp oneChristmas Cyprus 2021 stamp two 

Christmas Cyprus 2021 stamp three 

Christmas Cyprus 2021 FDC two Christmas Cyprus 2021 FDC one 

Christmas Cyprus 2021 sheet two Christmas Cyprus 2021 sheet one 

Christmas Cyprus 2021 sheet three Christmas Cyprus 2021 postcard

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 8, 2 FDCs, cancel, postcard 

  • Cypriot Folk Art of embroidery and basket weaving. 
  • Nativity of Christ from the Leventis Gallery,  (1489-1571)

Release date:  Nov. 18, 2021

Release date: November 18, 2021


Czech Republic

Christmas Czech 2021

1 stamp

Designer: Pavel Sivko

Release date: November 10, 2021


Estonia

Estonia Christmas 2021 cancel showing a pinecone 

Christmas in Estonia 2021  little bird Christmas in Estonia 2021  little squirrel on a stamp  

Christmas in Estonia 2021  red breasted birds  Christmas in Estonia 2021  little squirrel sheet

Christmas in Estonia 2021  info card Christmas in Estonia 2021 FDC

2 stamps, 2 mini sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, info car

Designer: Indrek Ilves

Release date: October 15, 2021


Faroe Islands

Christmas greetings 

3 christmas cards from Faroe Islands

5 stamps on a sheet of 15, 3 Christmas cards

Portion of sales goes to Christmas Seal Foundation

Photographer/designer: Harriet Olafsdóttir av Gørðum

Release date: November 4, 2021


Finland

Red stopper Bird Northern Lights     Christmas Lights

3 stamps

  • Red stopper bird
  • Northern lights
  • Christmas Lights

Designer: Klaus Welp

Release date: November 3, 2021


France

Notebook Together, let’s celebrate a Christmas that feels good

TAD_fin-annee_HD-jpg_min 

 TAD_fin-annee_HD-jpg_min cover

RF CT Fete de fin annee INT RB RF CT Fete de fin annee COUV Gratter ici RC

12 self-adhesive stamps in booklet format
Photogravure

Designer: Arobace

Release date: November 2, 2021

1521 – 2021 Christmas tree tradition – Sélestat  

Christmas tree tradition cancel

Christmas tree tradition   

RF FLE ArbreDeNoelSelestat2IMP 2121532-RF DOC Arbre de Noel_Selestat_Pub HD

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1 stamp, sheet of 12, info sheet, cancel, philatelic souvenir
Photogravure

1521 Christmas tree tradition – Sélestat 2021
The City of Sélestat, a humanist city in the heart of Alsace, carefully preserves in its municipal archives a register of accounts where it is reported that in 1521, it was necessary to pay the forest guards 4 schillings so that they watch over the corn* from St. Thomas, once celebrated on December 21, three days before Christmas. This is the oldest known handwritten mention to date referring to this part of the Christmas tree tradition.
1521 Christmas tree tradition – Sélestat 2021 | The ink square (lecarredencre.fr)

The decorative balls in the image are explained by the city of Sélestat:

After several tracks considered, it is the visual of the chandelier in Meisenthal balls that was retained. “Like a chandelier” is a pendant lamp composed of 173 Christmas balls in Meisenthal glass, created and designed by the City of Sélestat in partnership with the International Center of Glass Art of Meisenthal. This chandelier is visible every year in December in the Romanesque church of Sainte-Foy (12th century) in Sélestat. Suspended in the crossing of the transept, the balls with multiple colors come in counterpoint to the stained glass windows, recreating the shape of a fir tree that the light comes to animate. Official launch of the national stamp – City of Sélestat (selestat.fr) 

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Christmas balls of Meisenthal glass, this chandelier is a contemporary evocation of the old chandeliers of the church. image courtesy City of Sélestat

Sélestat and its fir tree – City of Sélestat (selestat.fr)

Official Website of the City of Sélestat – City of Sélestat (selestat.fr)

Designer: Bruno Ghiringhelli 

Release date: November 20, 2021


Germany 

Christmas – The Message of the Angel: Do not be afraid

Christmas 2021 cancel burning candle Christmas 2021Germany lily cancel    The Message of the Angel: Do not be afraid cancel

Christmas 2021 Germany angels

  

1 stamp, sheet of 10, 3 cancels

Painting: Angel of the Annunciation” by Johann Michael Hertz (1725–1790) 
Designer: nexd, from Dusseldorf

Release date: November 2, 2021

Deutsche Post also issues a series of special self-promotion postmarks 

Himmelpfort 
Self-promotion postmark

Germany Postmark letter to Sanada

Sponsor: 
Deutsche Post AG
Branch MAIL Berlin 1
Sonderstempelstelle
Letter: 11508 Berlin
Freight: Eresburgstr. 21, 12103 Berlin

Address to send letters to Santa:
To Santa Claus
Weihnachtspostfiliale
16798 Himmelpfort

Graphic shows Santa Claus

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nürnberg

Release date: November 11, 2021


Christmas Market Munich 2021
Self-promotion postmark

Christmas Market Munich 2021 Postmark

Sponsor:
City of Munich,
Department of Labour and Economy, Events
Janine Wagle
Herzog-Wilhelm-Str. 15
80331 Munich

Graphic shows a star over the Frauenkirche

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nürnberg

Release date: November 11, 2021


Children’s Christmas post office “Himmelpforten”
Self-promotion postmark

Himmelfort Nieble

Sponsor:
Deutsche Post AG
Organizer
Press Office Hamburg

Graphic shows a shooting stars over a church and mill in Himmelpforten

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nürnberg

Release date: November 26, 2021


ENGELSKIRCHEN
Self-promotion postmark

EngelKirchen

This is a special campaign by Deutsche Post AG “Children write to the Christ Child”

Sponsor:
Deutsche Post AG
Organizer
Press Office Düsseldorf

Graphic shows a house with mailbox, Christ Child

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nuremberg

Release date: November 26, 2021


Himmelstadt Christmas post office Bayern
Self-promotion postmark

Himmelstadt Christmas post office Bayern

Sponsor: 
Deutsche Post
Pressestelle Frankfurt am Main

Graphic shows angel and children with letters

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nuremberg

Release date: November 28, 2021


Children’s Christmas post office “Himmelsthür”
Self-promotion postmark

Children's Christmas post office "Himmelsthür"

Sponsor: 
Deutsche Post AG
Pressestelle Hamburg

Graphic shows open door with Christmas angels and children

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nuremberg

Release date: November 30, 2021


56 years of action in Nikolausdorf
Self-promotion postmark

Nikolausdorf

Sponsor:
Nikolausdorf Garrel

Graphic shows St. Nicholas on a horse, stars

Designer: Stempel-Müller, Nürnberg

Release date: December 6, 2021


Gibraltar

   

souvenir sheet

Christmas 2021 Gibraltar minisheet 

fdcs

      

pack, souvenir sheet pack

Christmas 2021 Gibraltar pack Christmas 2021 Gibraltar minisheet 

6 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, stamp pack, souvenir sheet

Designer: Stephen Perera
Illustrations: ingimage.com

Release date: November 2, 2021


Great Britain

Christmas 2021 cancel one angel with trumpet Christmas 2021 cancel 2 Mary & Jesus 

Christmas 2021 Christmas 2021 Christmas 2021 Christmas 2021 Christmas 2021 Christmas 2021 

Christmas 2021Christmas 2021  

souvenir sheet, presentation pack

Christmas 2021 Souvenir sheet Christmas 2021 Presentation pack   

collector’s sheet

Christmas UK 2021 collector's sheet  

bookets

Christmas 2021 booklet two Christmas 2021 booklet one  

fdcs

Christmas 2021 FDC with seperate stamps Christmas 2021 FDC with souvenir sheet

8 stamps, 2 cancels, 2 FDCs, souvenir sheet, presentation pack, 1 collector’s sheet, 2 booklets of 12, 8 sheets of 25 and 50, 8 postcards

POSTMARK PLACE: Edinburgh|Bethlehem, Llandeilo

Artist:  Jorge Cocco Biography – Jorge Cocco Santángelo
Designer: Supple Studio

Release date: November 2, 2021 (available until November 230, 2021)


Greece 

Greece Christmas 2021 cancel 

Greece Christmas 2021 two stamps  

souvenir sheet

Greece Christmas 2021 souvenir sheet  

booklets

Greece Christmas 2021 booklet 2 Greece Christmas 2021 booklet 2 

fdcs, numbered album

Greece Christmas 2021 fcd 1 Greece Christmas 2021 album

2 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, 2 booklets, numbered album

Designer: Anthoula Lyga

Release date: November 4, 2021


Greenland

Greenland 2021 Christmas cancel 

Greenland Christmas stamp one Greenland 2021 Christmas stamp santa  

Greenland 2021 Christmas FDCs Greenland 2021 Christmas FDC with w stamps

Greenland 2021 Christmas booklet Greenland 2021 Christmas sheets

2 stamps, 3 FDCs, cancel, self-adhesive booklet, 2 sheets of 10

I chose to combine it with a woman with Greenlandic tattoos, as I feel this conveys ’new-meets-oldmeets-new-again’. Tattoos are a tradition that is
making a comeback. Along with the old tradition of the Christmas star, it just felt right to put them together, also to show tattoos in the context of being ordinary and commonplace. Just as I hope that the tradition of the Christmas star never disappears, I also believe that tattoos are an old tradition that has come back to stay.” Maria Bach Kreutzmann

Designer: Maria Bach Kreutzmann
Previous works include last years Myths and Beasts. Also editor of Bestiarium Groenlandica Bestiarium Groenlandica by Maria Bach Kreutzmann (goodreads.com)

Release date: November 9, 2021


Guernsey

 45p Stamp: Nativity Scene  50p Stamp: Angel Gabriel speaks to Mary  70p Stamp: Joseph has a dream  73p Stamp: Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem  £1 Stamp: Jesus is born in a stable  £1.15 Stamp: An Angel appears to the Shepherds  £1.20 Stamp: Three Wise Men follow the star to Bethlehem

Greece Christmas 2021 two stamps  Christmas 2021 - Nativity Story presentation pack

Greece Christmas 2021 two stamps

7 stamps, FDC, cancel presentation pack, sheets of 10  

  • 45p Stamp: Nativity Scene
  • 50p Stamp: Angel Gabriel speaks to Mary
  • 70p Stamp: Joseph has a dream
  • 73p Stamp: Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem
  • £1 Stamp: Jesus is born in a stable
  • £1.15 Stamp: An Angel appears to the Shepherds
  • £1.20 Stamp: Three Wise Men follow the star to Bethlehem

Release date: November, 3, 2021


Hungary

Christmas Hungary 2021 stamp  

Christmas Hungary 2021  cancel  Christmas Hungary 2021  cancel  Christmas Hungary 2021  cancel  Christmas Hungary 2021  cancel

 

Christmas Hungary 2021 stamp FDC Christmas Hungary 2021 stamp sheet 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, 4 special cancels, sheet of 50

Centre part of the stamp contains varnished sparkling snow flake that smells of pine when rubbed.

Designer: Krisztián Daniel

Release date: October 25, 2021


Ireland

Christmas 2021 Ireland stamp two Christmas 2021 Ireland stamp one

Christmas 2021 booklet Christmas 2021 Ireland booklet 2

Christmas 2021 Ireland FDC

2 stamps, 2 booklets, FDC, cancel 

Designer: Thinkhouse

Release date: Nov 5, 2021


Isle of Man

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 

 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends at Christmas 2021 full sheets

self adhesives 

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at Christmas Self Adhesive Set 

FDCs

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at Christmas First Day Cover Thomas and Friends at Christmas Self Adhesive VVD First Day Cover Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at Christmas on the Travelling Post Office (TPO) Special Cover

presentation pack, sheetlet

Thomas and Friends at Christmas Self Adhesive presentation pack Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at Christmas Sheetlet

6 stamps, 6 sheets of 20, 3 FDCs, cancel, presentation pack, sheetlet 

  • 1st Class value (Local, UK/CI mail) – Thomas at Castletown Station
  • EU value – Toby on Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Large Letter value (Local, UK/CI mail) – Duncan at Groudle Glen Railway Station
  • Rest of the World value – James at Ballasalla Station
  • USA value – Henry at Douglas Station
  • EU Large Letter value – James and Gordon at Port Soderick Station

Designer: EJC Design

Release date: October 27, 2021


Italy

Holy Christmas 2021 – secular subject

Italy 2021 Christmas cancel 

Holy Christmas 2021 secular Italy 2021   

postcard

20211201 Cart Santo Natale laico  

philatelic card

 20211201 TESS Santo Natale laico 

folder & info bulletin

TRIFOLD A4 P_BUTON_02  Holy Christmas 2021 secular Italy 2021 info bulletin

1 stamp, postcard, cancel, philatelic card, info bulletin, folder

The info bulletin covers both the secular and religious Christmas issues. It includes articles signed by Cinzia Lacchia, Curator of the Burgundy Museum,  and Fabio Gregori, Head of Philately, Corporate Affairs.

Designer: Valerio Pradal

Release date: December 1, 2021


Holy Christmas 2021 – religious subject

Italy 2021 Christmas cancel 

Italy Holy Christmas 2021 (religious subject)  

postcard

Italy Holy Christmas 2021 (religious subject) post card  

philately card

 Italy Holy Christmas 2021 (religious subject) Philatelic card

folder, info bulletin

Italy Holy Christmas 2021 (religious subject) Philatelic card Holy Christmas 2021 secular Italy 2021 info bulletin

1 stamp, postcard, cancel, philatelic card, info bulletin, folder

The info bulletin covers both the secular and religious Christmas issues. It includes articles signed by Cinzia Lacchia, Curator of the Burgundy Museum,  and Fabio Gregori, Head of Philately, Corporate Affairs.

Painting: Bernardino Lanino’s “Madonna Enthroned with Child between St. Bernardino of Siena and St. Francis“, also called “Madonna of the Dog” from the the Francesco Borgogna Museum in Vercelli

Designer: Philatelic Center of the Operational Management of the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A..

Release date: December 1, 2021

 

 


Japan Winter Greetings

Winter Greetings cancel two Winter Greetings cancel one 

Winter Greetings   Winter Greetings

10 stamps, 2 sheets of 10, 2 cancels

Red Sheet:

(1) Red Bird
(2) lantern
(3) poinsettia
(4) Winter Letters
(5) Apple

Blue Sheet:

(1) Rotary candle stand
(2) sledge
(3) wolf
(4) gift
(5) reindeer

Designer: 星山 理佳 Rika Hoshiyama

Release date: November 19, 2021


Jersey

A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021  

A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 minisheet

A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 presentation pack A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 FDC A visit from St. Nicholas Jersey 2021 FDC 2

8 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel, presentation pack

A visit from St. Nicholas

Designer: Nanette Regan

Release date: November 11, 2021


Latvia

Latvia 2021 Christmas one Latvia 2021 Christmas threeLatvia 2021 Christmas fdc

Latvia 2021 Christmas two sheet Latvia 2021 Christmas three sheet Latvia 2021 Christmas one sheet 

3 stamps, FDC, cancel, 3 sheets of 15

Designer: G. Grīva

Release date: November 15, 2021


Lithuania

Christmas Lithuania 2021

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

One of the festive stamps depicts an ancient Lithuanian mythological creature – a deer nine-year-old carrying celestial bodies in its horns.
Various mythological sources say that the white deer escapes into the forests during the solstice and returns at Christmas. On this trip, the deer takes nine days, so the deer is called a nine-year-old. It is believed that it bears the sun in its horns, so the deer nine symbolizes the light returned to Earth, and at the same time the most beautiful celebrations of the year – St. Peter’s Square – are brought to each house. Christmas.

The second postage stamp depicts a holiday symbol that is familiar to everyone – a  gift. It is decorated with a ribbon, which serves as an extension of the illustration of the nine celestial bodies carried by the deer depicted in the first postage stamp.
Lithuanian Post News Release Nov.26, 2021

Designer: R. Auškalnytė 

Release date: November 27, 2021


Luxembourg

The end-of-year celebrations – Christmas 2021

End of year celebration

2 stamps

Artist: Jens W. Beyrich (FL) 
Designer: Ben Hemmen, POST Luxembourg (LU)

Release date: December. 7, 2021

Use our Christmas stamps
Slogan cancel

Slogan cancel Christmas cancel

Release date: December 14, 2021 to December 17, 202


Malta

Christmas 2021 Malta cancel

Christmas 2021 Malta Stamp oneChristmas 2021 Malta stamp twoChristmas 2021 Malta stamp three  

Christmas 2021 Malta sheet oneChristmas 2021 Malta sheet twoChristmas 2021 Malta sheets of stamps 

Christmas 2021 Malta FDC Christmas 2021 Malta presentation pack

3 stamps, 3 sheets of 10, FDC, cancel, blocks of 4

Designer: Miguel Farrugia

Release date: November 15, 2021


New Zealand 

   2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps angel 2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps child2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps shepherd 2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps wise man   

souvenir sheet

2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps souvenir sheet

FDCS

2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps souvenir sheet FDC 2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps FDC 

a & b blocks, self adhesive books

2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps souvenir sheet b block 2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps a block self adhesvive booklet  

2021 New Zealand Christmas stamps sheets

 4 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, a & b blocks, self adhesive books, 4 sheets of 20

Designer: Cam Price, New Zealand Post

Release date: November 3, 2021


Norway

 Norway Christmas 2021 cancel

Norway Christmas 2021 Norway Christmas 2021 2 

fdcs

Norway Christmas 2021 FDC  Norway Christmas 2021 GOLD fdc 

collector’s pack

Norway Christmas 2021 collector's set  

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, gold FDC, 2 maxi cards, collector’s pack, presentation pack
no images for presentation pack or the maxis, hopefully coming soon

Artist/Designer: Lisa Aisato

Release date: November 5, 2021


Saint Pierre et Miquelon

Saint Pierre et Miquelon Christmas 2021 Saint Pierre et Miquelon Christmas 2021 Saint Pierre et Miquelon Christmas 2021

Details coming on this set

Stamps designed by: 

  • Lomig Briant
  • Alexy Tillard
  • Clara Robert

Release date: November 8, 2021


San Marino

Madonna and Child" by Orazio Gentileschi cancel 

Madonna and Child" by Orazio Gentileschi Madonna and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Jerome and Clare 

Madonna and Child" by Orazio Gentileschi sheet Madonna and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Jerome and Clare

2 stamps, 2 sheets of 12, cancel

Paintings:  “Madonna and Child” by Orazio Gentileschi and “Madonna and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Jerome and Clare:
From Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica, Roma (MiC) – Bibliotheca Hertziana, Istituto Max Planck per la storia dell’arte/Enrico Fontolan

Release date: September 21, 2021


Serbia

Serbia Christmas 2021 cancel

Serbia Christmas 2021 single stamp Serbia Christmas 2021 angel 

Christmas Serbia FDC 

Serbia Christmas 2021 angel. sheetjpg Serbia Christmas 2021 angel. sheetjpg

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 sheets of 25

… the Orthodox celebrate it on January 7th, and the Catholic on December 25th, but its message remains the same – the message of peace and love.

We celebrate Christmas for three days. It is primarily family holiday, and there are numerous traditions and customs regarding Christmas. On the day before Christmas and Christmas Eve, the yule log is being brought into house, cresset lit and hay with hidden candies, prunes, walnuts, sugar and coins, spread all over the house. The hay is a symbol of the manger in which Christ was born. The yule log represents longevity and substance of Christianity, as well as of the warmth of the love Christ brought to us when he was born and arrived to the Earth. On the very day of the Christmas, early in the morning the church bells of all Orthodox temples are ringing, announcing the nativity of Christ. People go to church to attend Christmas liturgy and they all greet each other by “Christ has been born” and “Indeed he has”. Пригодна издања – 2021 – еФилателија (posta.rs)

Designer: Marija Vlahović

Release date: November 26, 2021


Spain

Monumental Bethlehem of the Army-Burgos & Christmas Lottery 
Series: regional nativity scenes

Monumental Bethlehem of Burgos Christmas lottery  

2 stamps

The Monumental Bethlehem of Burgos is one of the largest nativity scenes in Spain.  The second stamp was issued for the annual lottery. The first lottery was held December 18, 1812, during the dark days of the Napoleonic Wars.

Release date: November 5, 2021


Sweden

The Garden Gnomes’ Christmas – Christmas mail 2021

The Garden Gnomes’ Christmas – Christmas mail 2021 cancel  

Swedish christmas 2021 two stamps Swedish christmas 2021 three and four stamps Swedish christmas 2021 five and six stamps Swedish christmas 2021 seven and eight Swedish christmas 2021 nine and ten stamps  

The Garden Gnomes’ Christmas – Christmas mail 2021 coil stamp

The Garden Gnomes’ Christmas – Christmas mail 2021 FDC The Garden Gnomes’ Christmas – Christmas mail 2021 souvenir sheet

10 stamps in booklet format, coil stamp, FDC, cancel, souvenir sheet

Designer: Maria Trolle www.mariatrolle.se
Trolle is a busy artist. She has illustrated numerous books, magazines, children’s books and adult colouring books including her seventh in 2021. She has created over 600 images for her various colouring books. 

Release date: November 11, 2021


Switzerland

 Switzerland Christmas 2021 single stamps

Switzerland Christmas 2021 FDC one Switzerland Christmas 2021 FDCs single stamps 

Switzerland Christmas 2021 St Nicholas 

Switzerland Christmas 2021 Ifflen carriers Switzerland Christmas 2021 Christmas tree

Christmas Traditions

Designer: Anita Dettwiler and Dani Pelagatti

Release date: November 4, 2021


Vatican

VaticanChristmas 2021 wisemen Vatican Christmas stamps 

Vatican Christmas stamps with album 

2 stamps, souvenir booklet

[The artist} of the two paintings is Adam Piekarski, a young homeless Polish painter who frequents the showers that Pope Francis has opened near the colonnade of St. Peter’s so that all pilgrims entering the Basilica can come across this new service. To portray the Magi, the author wanted to be inspired by his companions of misfortune. Two are more or less recognizable, the third is not, since it represents them all. With this small initiative, Vatican philately wanted to make the Nativity of the Lord more concrete by promoting the redemption of these disadvantaged brothers and sisters of ours. Christmas MMXXI (vaticanstate.va)

Artist: Adam Piekarski

Release date: November 9, 2021


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