Christmas stamps 2011

Each Christmas Royal Mail processes 2 billion items of post; many sent this year will feature the new Christmas stamps issued today.

Christmas 2011 minisheet

Christmas 2011 minisheet

Royal Mail’s policy for Christmas stamps is to alternate non-secular and secular themes. The 2010 stamps featured children’s characters Wallace and Gromit, and this year the Nativity is the theme. The seven new stamps are inspired by verses from the Gospels of Mathew and Luke, and recognise that 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

2nd Class – Joseph visited by the Angel
Inspired by Matthew 1:21 where the angel tells the sleeping Joseph: ‘And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’

1st Class – Madonna and Child
Inspired by Matthew 1:23, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’

2nd Class Large – Joseph visited by the Angel
Inspired by Matthew 1:21 where the angel tells the sleeping Joseph: ‘And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’

1st Class Large – Madonna and Child
Inspired by Matthew 1:23, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’
The wider format of the Large stamp reveals the stable in the background.

68p – Baby Jesus in the Manger
Inspired by Luke 2:7, ‘And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn’.

£1.10 – Shepherds visited by the Angel
Inspired by Luke 2:10, ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people’.

£1.65 Wise Men and Star
Inspired by Matthew 2:10: ‘When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy’.

Two first day of issue postmarks, also inspired by the King James Bible, are available.

Christmas 2011 postmarks

Christmas 2011 postmarks

Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at www.royalmail.com/stamps and the Royal Mail eBay shop, and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

20 responses to “Christmas stamps 2011

  1. What beautiful Christmas stamps the Post Office has produced this year! I hope that they also be on sale next year for those of us who do not wish to purchase secular Christmas stamps.

  2. Marg O'Brien

    I am thrilled to see the beautiful Nativity stamps you have produced this year. Wonderful that we can all be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. I much prefer them to some of the rather ugly secular designs in past years. Can’t wait to rush out and buy in a good supply of this years manificent collection. Best wishes and happy Christmas!
    Marg O’Brien

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  4. Margaret Mead

    Beautiful stamps this year- I, too, hope that we will be able to purchase them next year instead of the ‘secular’ ones

  5. Lovely to see a bible reference on the stamps. Well done Royal Mail.

  6. Great to see some proper Christmas (the clue’s in the name) stamps this year, instead of the minority appeasing snowmen.
    Bible references may even tempt some of the relegiously apathetic to have a look in the book.

  7. Beautiful stamps – well done Royal Mail for portraying these beautiful Nativity stamps to celebrate Christmas.

  8. Keith Reeves

    Would it be difficult to put the prices where they can be clearly seen? Or is that too much to ask?

  9. Thank you for these Christmas stamps. It is good to have these reminders of what Christmas is all about, instead of commercial aspects which are not the real reason for Christmas. They are much appreciated.

  10. As a Christian, I was so pleased to see these stamps with the Bible reference as well as a nativity scene. They are really beautiful. Thank you.

  11. I was so pleased to see the excellent 2011 Christmas stamps. The designs were so well done and as a Christian to have the Bible reference printed on too was a real bonus.
    Could they please be available next year?
    THANK YOU

  12. Danuta Simmonds

    Why is there a large and small version of the Christmas stamps? Is the larger version more expensive than the smaller one?

  13. Utterly wonderful!! When times are difficult, such as they are now, this is jusy the tonic we need.
    Well done Royal Mail…Please repeat them next year

  14. At last a media that reminds millions of people what Christmas is celebrating! Well done Post Office – roll them out each year please -and I promise not to switch to email cards!

  15. William McCandless

    Delighted with the 2011 Christmas stamps. Thank you very much, Royal Mail. Wonderful to see the Christmas message on the envelope of every card and letter I’ve sent.

  16. I’m in Singapore and am delighted to see the stamps on my Christmas cards coming from the UK. They’re beautiful and meaningful with the Bible verses on them. Thank you, Royal Mail!

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  18. fiona little

    Beautiful Christmas stamps- thank-you very much Royal Mail. Bible reference and illustrations striking, very much appreciated! Hopefully this tradition will continue. Thank-you, Stella Little

  19. Brian Arnott

    At last the Post office is remembering the “reason for the season.” Well done, fancy having the Good news of Christmas going out on the front of our letters, amazing never seen it in nearly 60 years

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