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 – “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: 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