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Monday, 22 October 2018

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016


On the 3rd of November An Post issued a stamp to commemorate Christmas 2016.

Every year the Irish postal service, An Post, releases Christmas stamps for what is traditionally our busiest period of the whole year. Through November and December, we sort and deliver millions of cards and letters between every home in Ireland and every far corner of the world. This year WorkGroup in Dublin have designed our Christmas 2016 stamps.

This year we will issue three stamps in celebration of the yuletide festivities. The concept behind the design is of ‘People Coming Together’ which is also very important to the Irish: This is the time of year when many families all over Ireland are preparing to welcome home their sons
and daughters, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews
and friends – it is a truly magical time for all of those traditionally strong Irish families.

The idea of people coming together is represented by
The Holy Family on the 72c stamp and The Three Wise Men on the €1.10 SOAR stamp. This illustration uses simple two-dimensional forms and patterns, lacking perspective, and these are reminiscent of those seen in early Christian manuscripts.

The third stamp, will appear in the Christmas Stamp Booklet, features numerous types of Christmas decorations, which are of importance as they bring the family unit together in order to decorate their homes in as grand a manner as they can. This year’s Christmas Stamp Booklet is available at Post Offices across Ireland as well as online at

Customers receive 26 self – adhesive stamps – one FREE stamp included – which can be used for posting Christmas cards and letters up to 100 grams within Ireland. You can also use them for Britain, Europe and the Rest of the World by adding the extra postage due – the basic postal rate for these destinations is €1.10.