In New Zealand, Christmas is a time to spend with friends and family, and often reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of baby Jesus. The Christmas 2011 stamp issue features five intricately illustrated stamps that highlight key moments in the Nativity story.
60c – Baby Jesus
Upon arriving in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph found there was no room at the inn and had to stay in a stable with the animals. During the night, Jesus was born and placed in a manger.
$1.20 – Angel
In the fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their flocks through the night. An Angel appeared to them and brought them the good news that the Son of God had been born.
$1.90 – Mary and Joseph
In the stable, Mary and Joseph held the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes in their arms, and gazed at him adoringly.
$2.40 – Shepherds
The shepherds hurried to see Jesus after receiving the message of good news from the Angel. They found him lying in the manger and were filled with great joy.
$2.90 – Wise Men
When Jesus was born, a bright star appeared in the sky. Three wise men followed it to where Jesus lay. They worshipped him and offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Title: Christmas 2011 – New Zealand
Date of Issue: 2 November 2011
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 60c, $1.20, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90