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The 2009 Christmas Stamp
& Winter Holidays Stamps

The US Postal Service has issued the new stamps for 2009 Holiday season. Among the holidays celebrated with new stamps this year are Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa as well as the Winter Holidays.

The 2009 Christmas Stamp.

From the USPS website -

Since 1978, the theme of each "traditional" Christmas stamp has been the Madonna and Child.

The 2009 Christmas stamp features Madonna and Sleeping Child, a painting by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Salvi, (1609-1685), more commonly known as Sassoferrato. The painting depicted on the stamp shows a blonde Madonna clothed in red and cradling the sleeping Christ Child in purple cloth. From each of the two top corners, the childlike face of a cherub looks down from the clouds. The painting is currently in the collection of Hearst Castle in California.

The 2009 Winter Holiday Stamps.

From the USPS website -

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the winter holiday season with stamps featuring a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man, and a toy soldier.

  • A merry reindeer dangles a bulb ornament from his antler.
  • Flurries of large flakes dust a snowman sporting a top hat, coal buttons, and a carrot nose.
  • A gingerbread man is decorated for the season with green, red, and white icing,
  • and a toy soldier smiles while standing at attention.

The Chanukah Stamp

The Kwanzaa Stamp

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