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2012 Holiday Stamps!2012 Holiday Holy Family

The Holy Family Stamp was unveiled at Bethlehem Chapel, the earliest completed portion of Washington National Cathedral October 10, 2012. The dramatic story of the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt has been depicted in art and music for centuries. Here, working together, art director William Gicker, designer Greg Breeding, and artist Nancy Stahl have created a new image of the Holy Family. The scene on the stamp shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and the infant Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky.

2012 Holiday Santa and Sleigh ForeverThese cheerful Santa and Sleigh (Forever®) stamps portray Santa Claus flying through the air in his sleigh. With a cargo of toys and gifts produced in his workshop by elves, he lands on the rooftop of house after house and slides down the chimney to leave presents for girls and boys of all ages.

2012 Holiday Kwanzaa ForeverCreated by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to encourage a reconnection with African heritage, this colorful stamp depicts a family celebrating Kwanzaa together. Kwanzaa is intended as a celebration of seven principles — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith — that are based on values prevalent in African culture. Art director Derry Noyes worked with artist Daniel Minter to create the stamp design. Using a colorful new Kwanzaa (Forever®) stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates this holiday that takes place over seven days beginning each year on December 26 and ending January 1.

2012 Holiday EID Forever

 Eid Mubarak! With elegant gold Islamic calligraphy, the Eid (Forever®) stamp honors Eid al-Fatr and Eid al-Adha, two important festivals in the Islamic calendar. On both days, Muslims wish each other Eid Mubarak, the phrase shown in gold calligraphy on the stamp. Eid Mubarak translates literally as blessed festival and can be paraphrased, “May your religious holiday be blessed.”

 

  

2012 Holiday HanukkahHappy Hanukkah! With eight colorful shapes and the silhouette of a dreidel, this stamp captures the joyous spirit of the Hanukkah festival. The Hanukkah (Forever®) stamp art features letters spelling out the word “Hanukkah”, backed by eight colorful shapes that symbolize the eight days and nights of the Hanukkah celebration. The second “k” appears on the silhouette of a dreidel, a spinning top that children traditionally play with during Hanukkah.

   

Edgar Rice Burroughs (Forever®) stamp

With the Edgar Rice Burroughs (Forever®) stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors one of the most popular and prolific authors of the early 20th century. Best known for inventing the iconic character Tarzan, Burroughs wrote more than 70 books, including historical fiction and several popular series of science fiction tales.

The issuance of this stamp coincides with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Burroughs’ first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” and his first Tarzan story, “Tarzan of the Apes,” in 1912.

 

Flags of Our Nation (Forever®) Set 6 stamps

In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service completes its Flags of Our Nation series with the issuance of the Flags of Our Nation (Forever®) Set 6 stamps. These stamps feature the flag of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the state flags of Texas through Wyoming, and the Stars and Stripes, the last stamp in this series that began in 2008.

In all, the Flags of Our Nation series features sixty stamps issued in six separate sets of ten designs.

Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp

USPS continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp. The new Forever Stamp differs from the 2011 version with a slightly larger image of the Medal and on a white background.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans, the medal is “the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier.”

Earthscapes Forever

The Postal Service kicked off October as National Stamp Collecting Month by issuing the Earthscapes Forever stamps. Depicting America’s diverse landscapes on photos taken from ultra-lights to satellites, the stamps provide a view of the nation’s diverse landscapes in a whole new way — from several hundred feet in the sky to several hundred miles in space.

One of the “Earthscapes” stamps featured is the Barge Fleeting which is an aerial view of the “Apollo” and the “Taurus”, two commercial tow boats positioning themselves in the Old River Barge Fleeting area close to the Houston Ship Channel in Texas. The image shows the barges against the deep blue background with shades of red, green and orange.

Lady Bird Johnson

(November 30, 2012)The Postal Service is proud to issue this historic Forever stamp honoring a beloved First Lady who worked tirelessly to make the United States a more beautiful place. Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy lives on along our nation’s roadsides, and urban parks and trails, which she so diligently worked to preserve and beautify, and now on a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate her contributions for forever.

The stamps can be preordered now for delivery in early December at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP24.

To learn more about Lady Bird Johnson, centennial related events, and to download photos and view a video, visit www.ladybirdjohnson.org.

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