Canada post issued special Christmas 2015 stamps with a traditional sacred touch featuring Animals and nativity-themed painting.
The world’s first Christmas stamp was issued in Canada in 1898, and Canada Post continues the tradition.
The beautifully designed stamps will add a special touch of holiday joy to cards and letters sent across the country and beyond.
Traditional Christmas 2015 stamps
# Christmas Animals
Animals have often been featured on Canadian Christmas stamps, but never quite like this.
The stamps features Charming close-ups of a moose, a beaver and a polar bear each decked out in retro festive attire.
Elements of clothing flowing beyond the edges of the stamp frame emphasize the stylish humour of these Canadiana cameos.
A majestic bull moose wearing a red scarf and toque graces the permanent domestic stamp.
On the U.S.-rate stamp, a grinning beaver in a flannel shirt and flat cap playfully sports a sprig of holly in his mouth.
On the international-rate stamp, a polar bear braces for the cold with a stylish red cap, scarf and sweater.
# The Adoration of the Magi
The traditional stamp shows a nativity-themed painting by Adraen Isenbrandt entitled The Adoration of the Magi.
The painting, from the early 16th century, depicts the moment when Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus behold the arrival of the Magi.
The Wise Men can be seen in the background.
The painting was photographed for the stamp by Denis Farley, and the image was made available courtesy of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The painting was part of a generous donation made to the museum by Michal and Renata Hornstein.
Title: Traditional Christmas 2015 stamps from Canada
Date of Issue: 2 November 2015
Denominations: Permanent™, $1,20, $2.50, Permanent™
Source: Canada Post