Each year, we release Christmas stamps that celebrate the Christmas holiday as we know it in Australia today, spanning both traditional and secular themes.

The traditional Christmas stamps for 2018 are based on paintings by Ursula Betka, which were created using age-old medieval techniques. The glowing-jewel like colours are achieved through the use of egg tempera, a mixture made from a blend of natural pigments and egg yolk. The exquisite gold brocade effect was achieved with burnished 23-karat gold leaf and the traditional medieval method of scraffito, where the decoration is delineated with a fine, sharp metal point. The Madonna and Child and the Musical Angels are depicted within a mystical landscape. Heaven is brought to earth and the created world is transfigured by the divine presence, uplifting the soul.

For those who prefer a more secular Christmas, the three typographical stamps, illustrated by Luke Lucas, mark the festive season as a time to gather with family and friends in a spirit of peace, understanding and goodwill. Festive words, taken from popular Christmas carols “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Jingle Bells” and “The First Noël” are presented in a ribbon-like fashion, as a nod to the popular act of gift-giving.

All of these designs are available as Personalised Stamps.™

Products released in this issue

  • Stamp pack
  • Minisheet (traditional)
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Maxicards
  • Postal numismatic cover
  • Sheetlet of 5 x $2 and $2.30
  • Sheetlets of 10 x 65c, embellished
  • Embellished sheetlet pack
  • Booklets of 20 x 65c (traditional and secular)

Technical specifications

Issue date
1 November 2018
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2019
3 x 65c, 1 x $2, 1 x $2.30
Stamp design - secular
Luke Lucas
Stamp design - traditional
Ursula Betka
Product design
Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer - traditional
RA Printing
Printer - secular
Printer - self-adhesive
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell
Paper - self-adhesive
Securepost CPrint100
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size
105mm x 80mm
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Merrylands NSW 2160
FDI withdrawal date
30 November 2018

This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.