Australia Post has been issuing special seasonal stamp designs for Christmas mailing since 1957 and, since 1975, stamps with reduced denominations for Christmas card postage. As in previous years, this year’s designs span both traditional Christmas scenes and secular elements.

This year’s religious stamps feature illustrations by Gavin Ryan, which pay homage to the use of stained glass as an architectural art form in churches and other public buildings. This year is the United Nations International Year of Glass. The Christmas 2022 minisheet illustration presents a Gothic-style church facade, with the stamps comprising two stylised stained-glass windows, with scenes that feature the Archangel Gabriel and the Madonna and Child.

The secular stamp designs present Christmas greetings and good tidings, together with a colourful Christmas star motif, using shapes and colours not unlike sections of stained glass.

Technical specifications

Issue date
1 November 2022
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2023
65c x 3, $2.60 x 2
Stamp illustration (religious)
Gavin Ryan
Stamp design (secular)
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phos
Paper: self-adhesive
Arconvert Securepost MC90, Raflatac Cast s/a sheet 10
Printer (religious)
RA Printing
Printer (secular)
Printer (secular sheetlet of 10)
Rapid Labels
Printing process
Offset lithography
Printer process (secular sheetlet of 10)
Inkjet 1200 dpi
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
135 x 80
Sheetlet of 10 (mm)
192 x 120
14.6 x13.86
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI Postmark
Merrylands NSW 2160
FDI withdrawal date
29 November 2022

Stamps in this issue

65c Joy

“Joy” represents the feelings of happiness experienced during the festive season.

65c Peace

“Peace” represents the hope that at this special time of year there will be peace on Earth for all.

65c Madonna and Child

This stamp illustration portrays the Madonna tenderly holding the Christ Child in her arms and is presented in the style of a stained-glass window.

$2.60 Noël

Based on the Latin word natalis, the old French word “Noël” means Christmas but also a carol or song in English-speaking cultures. In France “Merry Christmas” is expressed as Joyeux Noël.

$2.60 Archangel Gabriel

This stamp illustration depicts the Archangel Gabriel, an important character in the Christmas story, who announced to the Virgin Mary that she had been chosen to be delivered of a son, Jesus Christ. The design is presented as a stained-glass window scene.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Christmas 2022 Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all five stamps from the Christmas 2022 stamp issue

Stamp pack:

Christmas 2022 Stamp Pack

The Christmas 2022 stamp pack contains all five stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in a high-quality folder.


Christmas 2022 Minisheet

The Christmas 2022 minisheet consists of the two religious stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Christmas 2022 Maxicards

This maxicard set contains the five maxicards from the Christmas 2022 stamp issue. 

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