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The stamp issuing programme for 2020 was announced by Åland Post in early November 2019.

Åland

23 October 2020

Christmas 2020

Åland: Christmas 2020, 23 October 2020. Images from Åland Post

Technical Specifications:

Date of issue: 23 October 2020
Artist: Alexander Lindén
Editions: 130 000 & 80 000
Denominations: Julpost & Världen
Price FDC: €3.80
Stamp sizes: 25 x 36 mm
Sheet sizes: 2 x 20 stamps
Paper: 110 g/m²
Perforation: 13 per 2 cm
Printing method: 5-colour offset
Printing house: Royal Joh. Enschedé

23 October sees the issue of this year’s two Christmas stamps from Åland Post, indulging in some of the treats that are common elements of Åland Christmas. Illustrator Alexander Lindén from Åland has tastefully illustrated glogg, the best drink of Christmas, and traditional ‘knäck’ toffee.

Known since 1609, the Swedish word glogg derives from the word ’glödga’, to warm up. Hot mulled wine has its roots as far back as the classical era. Served in small cups together with almonds and raisins, glogg has been a Christmas tradition in Sweden and Finland since the early 1900s. Typically spiced with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and bitter orange, the assortment of glogg has, however, grown tremendously with various types of alcoholic and non-alcoholic glogg in recent years. Raisin and almond are fixings that originate from the warm punch of the 1700s; raisins provided sweetness and flavor to the drink, whereas the role of almonds in the glogg cup is shrouded in mystery.

Still, almond is a taste long associated with Christmas, and it is often an ingredient in ‘knäck’ toffee, a type of Christmas treat that has been made since the 1800s. Together with other types of Christmas treats such as ice-chocolate, gingerbread and star-shaped pastries, ‘knäck’ has maintained its popularity. Preceding the Christmas treats of today, a confectionery table including nuts, candied fruit and marzipan figures rounded off large nobility dinners in the 1600s.

Stamps and first day cover can be ordered in the webshop.

Sheets of 40:

First Day Cover:

DESIGN: Alexander Lindén
DATE OF ISSUE: 23.10.2020
DESCRIPTION: A gingerbread ’Bambi’ decorated with icing adorns the first day cover. The first day cancel illustrates a Christmas toffee cup, a tiny crimped mould often made from waxed paper. PLEASE NOTE! DELIVERY AFTER DATE OF ISSUE

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