The stamp images include: Charlie Brown holding the sapling that eventually becomes his Christmas tree; Charlie Brown and Pigpen with a snowman; Snoopy and children ice skating; the cast of the program gathered around the Christmas tree; Linus kneeling by the sparsely decorated Christmas tree; Charl..
Santa Claus is a widely popular symbol of Christmas. However, many may not know he is based on a real person – Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was born in the 14th century to wealthy Christian parents. They died in an epidemic when he was young and he moved in with his Uncle Nicholas..
Only one of the four holy gospels tells of the Magi, or wise men, who visited the infant Jesus in Bethlehem, but it is one of the most well-known stories of the Bible. The Gospel of Matthew describes visitors “from the east” following a rising star in search of a child prophesied to be the son of Go..
The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas star, is an important part of the story of Jesus’ birth. In fact, it is often featured in planetariums during the holiday season. While some believe the star is fictional, Christianity refers to it as a miracle and a sign of Jesus’ birth. Astrono..
The fondest holiday memories often include the scent of warm ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses used in gingerbread drifting throughout the house. With a little imagination and a lot of patience, gingerbread can be converted into a whimsical house decorated with stiff royal icing and sparkling c..
With the release of these four new stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates Day of the Dead, an increasingly popular holiday in the United States.Each of the pane’s five identical rows includes four colorful stamps featuring several iconic elements of a traditional Day of the Dead ofrenda, or offe..
In 2022, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the joyous festival of Diwali, which is also known as Deepavali. One of the most important annual Hindu events, the holiday celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, it is considered by some to be the start of the new year...
Art historians have long sought to identify the artist who created this painting. Early in the 20th century, the painting was attributed to the Florentine artist Pier Francesco Fiorentino, but not long after, the painting was seen as the work of an anonymous artist who had created a large number of ..
In 2022, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with a new stamp. The stamp art features an original wall-hanging. The fiber art was hand-dyed, appliquéd, and quilted to form an abstract image of a hanukiah, the nine-branch candelabra used only at Hanukkah. The blue..
Families come together each year to celebrate Hanukkah, the joyous Jewish holiday also called the Festival of Lights.The story of Hanukkah—“dedication” in Hebrew—tells of reclaiming the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated by a conquering army. Worshippers prepared to rededicate the holy s..
As the days get shorter and the air turns crisp, the time comes to decorate for the holidays. The perfect tree is selected and the ornaments are taken down from the attic. The tradition of decorating the Christmas tree begins.Trees were first brought inside at Christmas in the 1600s.&nbs..
Celebrate the holiday season with Holiday Delights, a new stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Inspired by folk art but with a modern graphic vibe, these charming designs will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday mailings.Illustrator Kirsten Ulve used a traditional palette of red, green and whi..