15-12-2007, 16:42 #1
Χριστούγεννα μέσου ΓραμματοσήμωνΧριστούγεννα
Αυστραλία - 2006
45c Virgin and child
This stamp design is based on the divine conception and birth of the baby Jesus. Mary’s downcast eyes rest on the swaddled child in her arms, and her expression emanates love for the newborn king, as he is described in Matthew 2. Mary’s classic beauty and calm expression reflect the depth of her spiritual life, and the blue robe she wears symbolises her virtue, devotion and love.
50c Wise man
This design depicts one of the three wise men, or Magi, who came from the East and travelled to Bethlehem to worship the newborn child, bringing him precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This Magus cradles a vessel of frankincense in his hands – an aromatic gum resin that symbolises the child’s divinity. He is guided in his journey to Bethlehem by the star that shines behind him.
$1.05 Shepherd boy
This stamp design depicts a shepherd boy bathed in the holy light of the Angel of Annunciation, who brought tidings of the birth of the child Saviour. In the traditional Christmas story, following the birth of the baby Jesus an angel appeared to a group of shepherds tending their flock in the fields near Bethlehem. The angel told them: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Τελευταία επεξεργασία από το χρήστη Yaryalitsa : 15-12-2007 στις 16:44
15-12-2007, 17:00 #2
Αγγλία - 2006Χριστούγεννα
Royal Mail has been accused of cutting the true meaning of Christmas from its new set of festive stamps.
The stamps feature a snowman, a reindeer, Father Christmas and a Christmas tree - but no trace of the Bible story.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: "The issue is about celebrating Christmas. We celebrate all the elements of Christmas."
But the choice of subjects left churchmen wondering when stables, angels, shepherds, wise men, mangers, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus ceased to count as elements of Christmas.
A spokesman for the Church of England said it "regretted" the Royal Mail decision.
Theological college principal Dr Christina Baxter, a leading member of the Church's parliament, the General Synod, added: "I deeply regret that the Royal Mail have failed to notice that there is a religious festival at the heart of Christmas.
15-12-2007, 17:15 #3
Αγγλία - 2005Χριστούγεννα
About the stamps
The Black Madonna and Child was painted by an unknown Haitian artist.
Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes. Painted in Ragusa, Italy, the model for the Holy mother was a local village girl. This work was one of many based on spiritual themes by Marianne Stokes and was completed in around 1907-1908. Stokes, nee Preindlsberger (1855-1927), was born in Austria and after studying in Germany and France, came to England where she married fellow artist Adrian Stokes.
The Virgin Mary with the Infant Christ European school colour lithograph, artist unknown circa 1900, private collection.
Choctaw Virgin Mother and Child, by Fr. John B. Giuliani. Fr. Giuliani was born into a family of emigrants, originally from a poor agricultural town near Naples, Italy. While at the Pratt School of Art in New York City, he went through a conversion experience and decided then to enter St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and was ordained in 1960. he studied icon painting under a master in the Russian Orthodox style in New York in 1989, before he began to adapt the technique to a Native American motif. The Choctaws were the first of the “Five Civilized Tribes”; In this Choctaw image of the Virgin Mother, She wears a one piece cotton dress and ruffled aprons, both finely decorated with appliqué worked in contrasting colours; an ornamental hair comb, glass bead necklaces and elaborate native-made silver earrings. The Child wears a native-made shirt embellished with finely cut and stitched appliqué. Together, Mother and Child stand before a screen of indigenous evergreens.
Madonna and the Infant Jesus . This is a Mughal painting from India dating from around 1620 to 1630 AD. The painting belongs to the collection of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum) Mumbai, India.
Come let us adore Him This is a painting in coloured sand by Dianne Tchumut from the Merrepen Arts Aboriginal Corporation of Northern Australia.
Τελευταία επεξεργασία από το χρήστη Yaryalitsa : 22-12-2007 στις 17:07
23-12-2007, 04:14 #4Χριστούγεννα
Christmas Island 2007
About the stamps
Santa sails into Christmas Island in a tiny yacht, piled high with presents. Booby birds and gulls fly around him.
Santa’s huge pile of presents is lifted up onto the Christmas Island Jetty by crane. Santa stands on top of the presents, riding up with them, hanging onto the crane rope. A red crab dangles from the bottom of the presents.
$1.10 stamp (International)
Santa rests on the beach surrounded by presents and overrun by excited crabs. Palm trees, the jetty and cliffs are in the background.
The illustrator and the designer
Lloyd Foye is the illustrator of the Christmas Island stamps. He is a well-known Sydney-based artist, who creates beautiful and humorous works, often exploring Australian beach culture. The stamps are designed by Sally Piskuric of the Australia Post Design Studio. Sally joined Australia Post in 2006, and her other stamp designs include Historic Shipwrecks (2007) and Queen's Birthday (2006).
All illustrations include recognisable Christmas Island settings, and this is the first stamp to feature the familiar Christmas Island Jetty crane.
06-02-2008, 12:25 #5
Νεα Ζηλανδία 1997Χριστούγεννα
Νέα Ζηλανδία - 1997
The 1997 Christmas Stamp Issue continued the New Zealand Post tradition which has spanned nearly four decades.
The stamps tell the story of one of the first recorded Christma services in New Zealand by Reverend Samuel Marsden at Rangihoura Bay in the Bay of Island in 1814. Each stamp illustration is complimented by words from the New Zealand Christmas carol 'Te Harinui' which was written to commemorate the event.
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