The annual Christmas Island Christmas stamp issue once again places the Christmas theme squarely in a tropical island setting.
The two stamps in the Christmas Island Christmas 2016 issue, which will be released on 31 October 2016, were illustrated by Shane McGowan. They show Santa, assisted by Rudolph and some local seabird ‘elves’, delivering Christmas cheer to the island’s animal inhabitants. On the minisheet, you can see local turtles and crabs joining in the festive fun.
Special products with this issue include an embellished sheetlet pack (featuring the Santa and sleigh stamp) as well as self-adhesive embellished sheetlets that will enhance this year’s Christmas card greetings.
Take a look back at Christmas Island Christmas
In 1958, the administration of Christmas Island was transferred to Australia. Prior to this, Christmas Island used Singaporean stamps for their postage requirements. After 1958, Christmas Island produced its own stamps, and its first Christmas stamp, a “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” design, was issued in 1969. From then, both religious-themed and secular designs appeared.
The 1972 Peace and Joy stamps were particularly striking, as were the graphic illustrations of the Twelve Days of Christmas, which appeared in the 1977 Christmas issue sheetlet of 12.
The Christmas Island Christmas 2016 stamp issue is available online from 31 October 2016, at participating Post Offices and via mail order on 1800 331 794, while stocks last.
This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release dates mentioned within this article and will not be updated.