Gibraltar

Christmas 2019 — Carols
02 November 2019

Gibraltar: Christmas 2019 – Carols, 2 November 2019. Images from Royal Gibraltar Post Office.
Gibraltar: Christmas 2019 – Carols (miniature sheet), 2 November 2019. Image from Gibraltar Stamps.com.

The set of stamps covers the postage values used in Gibraltar for postal operations throughout the Christmas period, and they feature popular Christmas carols that many generations have grown to love. The stamps have been designed by local graphics artist Mr Stephen Perera and have been printed on a high quality special easy peel self-adhesive paper to assist postal users during the busy Christmas period.
22p – Local Mail
40p – Mail to Spain
64p – Mail to UK
70p – Mail to EU
80p – Rest of the World
£3.00 – Registered Mail Fee

The word carol comes from the French word carole, meaning circle dance, or song of praise and joy. The singing of carols did not originate with Christianity, but with the pagan practice of celebrating the seasons. There are historical records from as early as 129 AD of songs written specifically for Christmas celebrations. These Christmas songs were primarily written in Latin, and were not called Carols, but hymns.

Technical Specs
Design: Stephen Perera
Illustration / Photography: ingimage.com
Printer: Cartor Security Printers
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 colours
Stamp size: 33 x 28mm
Issue date: 2019-11-02
Stamp Values: 22p, 40p, 64p, 70p, 80p, £3

Gibraltar: Christmas 2019 – Carols (presentation packs), 2 November 2019. Images from Gibraltar Stamps.com.

Gibraltar: Christmas 2019 – Carols (first day covers), 2 November 2019. Images from Gibraltar Stamps.com.

These stamps and other products can be purchased from Royal Gibraltar Post Office or Gibraltar Stamps.com.

Belarus

Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady!
30 October 2019

Belarus: Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady! Images from Belpost.
On October 30, 2019 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus issued 3 postage stamps: “Jolly Kalyady!”, “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy New Year!”.
Artist: Victor Chaichuk. Design: Yauheniya Biadonik. Print process: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforations: comb 12. Stamps size: 28×35 mm. Sheets composition: 6 (3×2) stamps. Sheets size: 110×100 mm. The technology of thermal stamping by metalized foil of silver colour was used on the stamps and stamps margins. Print quantity: 60.000 stamps each.
Printer: Unitary Enterprise “Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A. T.  Nepogodin”.
Letter “A” is equal to the tariff of a letter up to 20 gram within Belarus.
Letter “M” is equal to the air-mail tariff of a postcard abroad.
Letter “H” is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
Belarus: Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady!, 30 October 2019. Image from eBay.
Belarus: Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady! (miniature sheet), 30 October 2019. Image from eBay.

A sheetlet was also issued. Sheetlet composition: 6 (2 sets) stamps. Size of the sheetlet: 110×107 mm. Print quantity: 12.000 sheetlets.

Belarus: Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady! (first day cover), 30 October 2019. Images from Belpost.

A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop “Philately”,16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamp issuing day.
Colour of the postmark — red.
Special postmark and FDC painted by V.Chaichuk, designed by Ya.Biadonik

Belarus: Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! Jolly Kalyady! (maximum cards), 30 October 2019. Images from Belpost.

3 maximum cards will be issued too. Artist: V.Chaichuk. Design: Ya.Biadonik.

These stamps and other products can be purchased from Belpost.


Mexico

Mexican Christmas 2019
06 December 2019

Mexico: Mexican Christmas, 6 December 2019. Images from Servicio Postal Mexicano.

Name: Mexican Christmas
Price: $ 22.00 Pesos $ 1.15 USD
Issue Date: 06/12/2019
Paper: Matte white couché, a rubberized face of 110 gms./m2
Designer: Vivek Luis Martínez Avín
Theme: Mexican Christmas, Education
Description: Mexican Christmas

These stamps and other products can be purchased from Servicio Postal Mexicano.