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Holidays

4 cent Christmas 1962 stamp with two candles and a wreath with a red bow

Find resources on holidays on the National Postal Museum's websites.


4 cent Christmas 1962 stamp with two candles and a wreath with a red bow

The Art of Christmas Stamps 

The large volume of mail has always kept the postal system busy during the winter holidays. In 1962, the first Christmas stamps were officially issued, and have since become a regular and much anticipated occurrence. Since 1970, two general themes of Christmas stamps have been issued yearly: one "traditional" and one "contemporary." The traditional stamps tend to be based on religious artwork, while the contemporary stamps usually have a secular subject. To showcase the traditional, the NGA and the National Postal Museum (NPM) have partnered to create this online exhibit, which explores the art behind US Christmas stamps.