Happy New Year 2023: Belarus

As in Moldova and Russia, Christmas in Belarus often takes second place to New Year’s Eve celebrations, a holdover from Soviet times when ideology demanded the abandonment of “Western” and religious holidays. However, Belarus does have a historical connection with Christmas, and the observance has become increasingly popular. Even if New Year’s is the bigger … Continue reading Happy New Year 2023: Belarus

Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Carol of the Bells”

In late 2013, I heard a version of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the British rock band Marillion. I immediately fell in love with every aspect of the song and it soon surpassed "Silent Night" as my favorite Christmas song. Last night, I was both surprised and delighted when I returned home from work … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Carol of the Bells”

Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Victorious New Year!”

Released on December 19, 2022, this issue from Ukraine more accurately commemorates St. Nicholas Day than Christmas and its official Ukrainian Postal Service (Ukrposhta/Укрпошта) title is "Victorious New Year!" («Переможного Нового року!»). St. Nicholas maximum card bearing Scott #1192 (issued on December 19, 2018) and postmarked on St. Nicholas Day, December 19, 2022, in Kyiv. … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Victorious New Year!”

Christmas Stamps 2022: Brazil

On October 31, Correios released a single-stamp souvenir sheet as its issue for Christmas 2022. The main design element is the Star of Bethlehem, from which positive words emanate. The figures represent the diversity of peoples, ages and gender and are looking directly at the Christmas Star, symbolizing the hope and feeling of brotherhood that … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Brazil