Australia Post issued Christmas 2015 stamps based on the traditional religious story of birth of Christ and modern design with familiar festive trappings.
Christmas time is the season for joyous celebration and goodwill among billions of people around the world.
Australia Post issues Christmas stamps every year since 1980, representing both religious and secular themes on stamp issues.
Christmas 2015 stamps: Traditional and Modern
The religious stamps include a colourful and joyful interpretation of the traditional Biblical story.
The minisheet from this issues represents the scene shortly after the birth of Christ.
The tiny baby lies in his manger, surrounded by Mary and Joseph and the adoring animals.
An owl gravely observes the scene from the rafters above.
To the right, the three wise men, also called Magi or kings, have arrived from the east on their camels searching for the Saviour.
They find the Christ Child by following a guiding star, and on arrival offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
A scarlet angel announces the arrival of the wise men with a triumphant trumpet fanfare.
Not all who observe the celebration of Christmas are Christians, and the other three stamps are designed to appeal to those who prefer a more secular celebration.
For many, Christmas is foremost a time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the year past.
It is also an opportunity to show forgiveness, peace and reconciliation, to demonstrate love for those dear to us, and to enjoy a holiday break.
The two designs represent the symbolic dove of peace and, as a gesture of generosity and love, a wrapped gift.
The first day cancellation features the dove of peace.
Title: Christmas 2015
Date of Issue: 30 October 2015
Denominations: 65c x 3, $1.70, $2.55
Source: Australia Post