30 October 2020
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
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.
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 symbolized a person’s status or particular achievements. Christmas wreaths are made of evergreen branches to symbolize 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
$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 flavored 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.
Gutter Strips of 10 Stamps;
Self-Adhesive Stamp Booklets:
Embellished Self-Adhesive Sheets:
The sheets contain clear varnish on selected parts of the stamps to produce a raised, shiny effect and 10 “card only” stickers.
Seasonal domestic greeting card rate applies to greeting cards enclosed in a sealed envelope and endorsed card only. Only available during November and December.
Embellished Sheetlet Pack:
The Christmas 2020 embellished sheetlet pack contains two foiled highlight sheetlets of 10 x 65c stamps from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder. The sheets contain a selective varnish finish on the stamps and 2 lots of 10 “card only” stickers.
Article published on Australia Post website, 30 October 2020:
In the lead-up to Christmas, Australia Post has released some beautiful stamps to provide a festive touch your Christmas greetings.
While our full Christmas stamp issues were released on 30 October 2020, the international-rate Christmas stamps were made available from 1 October 2020, 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.
This year’s traditional Christmas stamps (65c, the domestic Christmas-card rate and $2.20, the international Christmas-card rate), feature artwork by sculptor and artist Leopoldine Mimovich OAM (1920–2019). The Christmas scenes, beautifully rendered in oil paint and gold foil, feature Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus amidst native flora and fauna.
The secular Christmas stamps feature illustrations by Sarah Allen, which have a folksy, vintage feel. The Christmas pudding, stocking and wreath are adorned with native Australian flora and fauna, including kangaroo paw, waratah and a Flame Robin.
Personalise your Christmas greetings
This year’s traditional Christmas designs, as well as the stocking (65c) and Christmas pudding ($2.20) designs, are available as Personalised Stamps (until 31 December 2020). This allows you to place your own photograph into the stamp tab, to produce your own personalised sheetlet of 20 Christmas stamps. *
The process is simple. Just select your stamp design, upload your photo and complete the checkout and payment process. Once your application is approved, your will receive your festive stamp sheetlets in the mail, and standard delivery within Australia is free! ^
Another personalised stamp option for Christmas is MyStamps. MyStamps allows you to place your photo directly into one of nine stamp shapes, including a present and star. Until 20 December 2020, you can save to $10 per sheet of 20 x 65c (Christmas card rate) MyStamps. That’s $13 of postage for only $16 per sheet! Standard delivery within Australia is free! ^
Add some sparkle
For that extra special touch, the 65c wreath and stocking stamp designs are also available in an embellished sheetlet of 10, with foil highlights on the stamps. So too is the 65c Christmas Island Christmas stamp. The sheetlets are available on their own or as part of a pack (with “card only” stickers), so they are perfect for gift-giving or personal use.
The maxicards released as part of our Christmas stamp issues provide a ready-made way of sending Christmas greetings to friends and family, within Australia or overseas.