Overview

Our annual Christmas stamp issue celebrates the Christmas holiday, highlighting both traditional and secular themes.

This year’s traditional Christmas stamps feature the art of Leopoldine Mimovich OAM (1920–2019). A celebrated sculptor and artist, Mimovich received many honours, including an Order of the Medal of Australia (OAM) in 1985 for her service to sculpture. Her work is represented in many private collections, churches and public buildings in Australia and throughout the world, including the United Nations Art Collection in New York. The illustrations featured on the three non-religious or secular stamps are by Melbourne-based designer and illustrator Sarah Allen. Each stamp design incorporates native Australian flora and fauna.

*The on-sale date for international-rate Christmas stamps was 1 October 2020. This is to help ensure that our customers’ international Christmas mail reaches its intended destination on time, in light of the impacts of COVID-19 on worldwide mail delivery.

Technical specifications

Issue date
30-October-2020*
Issue withdrawal date
31-December-2021
Denomination
65c x 3, $2.20 x 2
Stamp illustrations (secular)
Sarah Allen
Stamp design (secular)
Andrew Hogg
Stamp artwork (religious)
Leopoldine Mimovitch
Stamp design (religious)
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive
Arconvert Securpost
Printer (secular)
Egotrade
Printer (religious)
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 50
Sheetlet size (mm)
120 x 192
Perforations
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Merrylands NSW 2160
FDI withdrawal date
31-January-2021

Stamps in this issue

65c - Mother Mary and the infant Jesus

This stamp shows a stately Madonna and Child amid the colourful Australian bush, surrounded by an array of native flora, including banksia, wattle, eucalyptus and waratah. Various animals, such as a magpie, kookaburra, owl, Koala, possum, wallaby, cockatoo and parrot, are perched in the foliage, as if paying homage to the Christ Child. The work was painted in oil on canvas board in 1980 and is in the Australian Catholic University Art Collection.

65c - Christmas wreath

The wreath has a very long history, first being used in ancient times as a head adornment. Made of laurel, olive or oak leaves, wreaths symbolised a person’s status or particular achievements. Christmas wreaths are made of evergreen branches to symbolise everlasting life. Today, Christmas wreaths are customarily placed on the front door, and while they can be made of almost anything, most are predominantly evergreen with red decorations such a bows, baubles and berries. The wreath featured on the stamp comprises native Australia flora, with a delightful Flame Robin perched at the base.

65c - Christmas stocking

The origin of the Christmas stocking is somewhat obscure, but it seems that for hundreds of years children have left shoes and stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve to be filled with gifts by Father Christmas. For naughty children, the threat is that they will receive coals instead of treats. The stocking featured on the stamp is overflowing with Australian native plants and flowers, including kangaroo paw and waratah.

$2.20 - Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding, or plum pudding, is a British and Irish tradition, thought to have originated in the Middle Ages. The pudding is composed of dried fruits, held together by egg or suet, and flavoured with spices and brandy. It is made and steamed a month or more before Christmas and hung up in a bag to mature, preserved by the high alcohol content. The reheated pudding is served on Christmas Day, after being doused in brandy, ignited and brought to the table all aflame. Like the turkey, the Christmas pudding is usually served hot, even in the sweltering heat of the Australian summer.

$2.20 - Holy Family

This stamp shows a domestic scene of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. Their setting suggests the manger but, instead of the traditional cattle and sheep, they are attended by native Australian animals and their young in the bush. This work was painted in oil and gold foil on board and is held in the Australian Catholic University Art Collection.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Christmas 2020 gummed stamps

This set of stamps contains all five stamps from the Christmas 2020 stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Christmas 2020 stamp pack

The Christmas 2020 stamp pack contains all five gummed stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

Minisheet:

Christmas 2020 minisheet

The Christmas 2020 minisheet consists of the two religious gummed stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Christmas 2020 maxicards

This maxicard set contains the five maxicards from the Christmas 2020 stamp issue.

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