Australia Post has issued Christmas stamps since 1957. The religious stamps for Christmas 2013 depicts the Nativity scene. The Virgin Mary tenderly cradles the baby Jesus while Joseph and shepherds look on.
The festive stamps depict familiar trappings of Christmas – a Christmas tree, a gift, a lit candle and a bell.
Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world.
A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels.By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East.
The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse[a] identifying Jesus as the “Sun of righteousness”.
Title: Christmas 2013 – Australia
Date of Issue: 1 November 2013
Denominations: 55c x 3, 60c, $1.70, $2.55