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
Happy New Year 2023: Russia
№ 2022-121/5 -- November 7, 2022 № 2022-122/5 -- November 7, 2022 № 2022-123/5 -- November 7, 2022 In Russia, New Year is a a much bigger holiday than Christmas. Since Christmas in Russia falls on January 7, most people work until December 30 without any particular interruptions, except for New Year corporate parties – … Continue reading Happy New Year 2023: Russia
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: Faroe Islands
On 24 October, Posta Faroe Islands released two stamps picturing an Advent wreath and a Christmas tree along with a sheet of 15 Christmas seals in its annual Yuletide philatelic celebration. Posta also offers a wide range of other Christmas products including cards and baubles as well as the usual sheets, first day covers and … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Faroe Islands
Christmas Stamps 2022: Australia
On November 1, Australia Post issued its Christmas stamps for 2022 with five gummed stamps, five self-adhesive booklet stamps, a miniature sheet of the two religious stamps from this issue, along with the usual assortment of first day covers, PNC's, gutter strips, maximum cards, etc. According to the postal administration's press release, In a year … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Australia
Postcrossing Topical Catalogue 2011-2022
Welcome to my updated catalogue of Postcrossing-themed stamps, issued between 2011 and the present 2022. This covers mainly those stamps officially released by postal administrations around the world. There are also a number of personalized stamps on this topic, some official but most privately created as well as a large variety of pictorial cancellations and … Continue reading Postcrossing Topical Catalogue 2011-2022
The 12 Days Of Christmas Stamps 2014: Day 10 – Liechtenstein & Cyprus
On 13 November 2014, Liechtenstein released three stamps that in my opinion are additional candidates for the most beautiful Christmas stamps of this year. Featuring mountain chapels, they are even more stunning on their official maximum cards. The following description comes from the postal service’s press release: This year, three chapels of the mountain community … Continue reading The 12 Days Of Christmas Stamps 2014: Day 10 – Liechtenstein & Cyprus
Postcrossing: Received Cards #9, 10 and 11!
When it rains, it pours! After a bit of a dry-spell, there was a stack of mail on the lobby counter this morning as I was leaving for work. Among the mail were four postcards, three of them official Postcrossing cards and one was from my sister in America. One of these was actually a … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Cards #9, 10 and 11!