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16 November 2020

December Stamps

Netherlands: December Stamps, 16 November 2020. Images from PostNL.

Technical Specifications:

Issue Date: 17.11.2020
Designer: Loesje Donner-Raedts/Vondels, Amsterdam
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print, Haarlem
Process: Offset
Colours: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black
Size: 26.5 x 29mm

Each year, PostNL issues new December stamps, which consumers and companies can use to send each other Christmas and New Year cards at a reduced rate. The special December price of €0.86 per stamp applies from 16 November 2020 until 6 January 2021. This year, a sheet of twenty December stamps costs €17.20. When purchasing two sheets of December stamps, each customer receives a free Christmas decoration especially designed for PostNL by Vondels. The December stamps 2020 were designed by Loesje Donner-Raedts, co-owner of Vondels in Amsterdam.

The December stamps 2020 will feature the Christmas tree with various trendy Christmas decorations. All of the Christmas decorations are mouth blown and hand painted. The technique used for this is still the same as that used to make the very first bauble at the beginning of the 19th century. For an ordinary bauble, the glass blower heats the glass and then blows it into the right size. For decorations with different shapes, the glassblower uses a blowpipe to give the decoration the desired shape. Next, the Christmas decoration is filled with silver paint that creates a beautiful mirror layer. The paint is dripped into the ornament and the reflective sheen is created from the inside by holding the decoration under water and moving it around. The painter then decorates it on the outside. They do this by immersing the decoration in paint and then applying all of the colourful decorations, glitter or other colours to the decoration by hand. The last step is to remove the blowing piece using a special technique. The familiar crown is then attached.


Press release from PostNL:

December stamps 2020: From a dachshund wearing a Santa hat to a PostNL envelope with glitter

Unique partnership between PostNL and Vondels results in sparkling December stamps

The Hague, 16 November 2020 – A dachshund wearing a Santa hat, a golden shoe with high heels and an envelope especially created for PostNL: this year, PostNL worked with Vondels to design the December stamps. The result? Colourful, festive December stamps with a story. The stamps are available at a special rate from 16 November.

Resi Becker, Director Mail Nederland: “PostNL delivers special moments throughout the year, but especially at Christmas. A card connects – lets you know that you’re thinking about each other. During the coronavirus crisis, we see more than ever how important it is to look out for each other. That personal connection and the special moments during the festive season are central to the December stamps.”

Each of the ten unique stamps symbolises an important moment in the month of December and tells a story. For example, eating together plays a big role in December – so there’s a stamp with a doughnut, gingerbread house and marshmallow. The song “Driving Home for Christmas” is also a theme: this stamp features a car, a Christmas bauble and a cottage.

From pink doughnut to tiger in a box

Vondels has become well-known for the festive decorations it has designed. Co-owner Loesje Donner-Raedts is responsible for the design of the December stamps. Together with PostNL, she chose the 20 Christmas baubles that are featured on the December stamps out of more than 750 unique decorations.

The Christmas baubles were hand-blown and painted, before being photographed. The techniques are still the same as were used when the very first bauble was made around 200 years ago. The baubles featured on the December stamps are: a gold pocket watch, golden shoe with high heels, golden camera, fuchsia-pink flamingo, gingerbread man in box, pink doughnut, gingerbread house, marshmallow, dachshund wearing a Santa hat, red heart on a bow, red car with a Christmas tree, canal house, red bauble with gold stars, classic nutcracker doll with candy canes, tiger in a box, and a PostNL envelope featuring a gold, green and white hummingbird.

Gift

When you buy two books of December stamps, you’ll receive a special PostNL ornament in a pretty giftbox. This giving feeling extends to the book of stamps itself: both front and back are adorned with a gold bow. The finishing touch, according to Donner-Raedts from Vondels: “Of course people buy December stamps to stick them on a card. But they’re also beautiful to look at and fun to collect. They’re a gift in and of themselves.”

Decorate the tree, send a card

PostNL is ready and waiting for the festive season: we’ve made various preparations so we can deliver many more cards and parcels in November and December. We’re pulling out all the stops, and we also advise our customers to send their mail in good time – preferably the weekend before Christmas, so that cards arrive on time.

Availability

The 2020 December stamps will be available from 16 November at all PostNL outlets in the Netherlands and via www.postnl.nl/webshop. A book of 20 December stamps will cost €17.20 this year. The stamps can also be ordered by telephone from Collect Club customer service on 088 – 868 99 00.

The December stamps can be used to send mail weighing up to 50 grams and with a minimum envelope size of 14 x 6 cm, within the Netherlands between 16 November 2020 and 6 January 2021. After the Christmas period, the stamps can still be used so long as the additional postage is paid up to the applicable rate. To send mail up to 50 grams abroad, two December stamps are required. Small gifts that weigh up to 50 grams can also be sent using the special-rate December stamps.

Please note that when you buy 2 sheets of December stamps online, you will not receive a unique bauble as a gift. This only applies to purchasing 2 sheets in the store.

This year’s design of the seal sheet is by Vondels, the brand for quirky and modern Christmas decorations. The design of the December stamps is inspired by beautiful decorations and unforgettable moments. Like the family dinner in December, the Christmas tree and the gathering with loved ones.

The stamp sheet contains December 20 stamps in 10 different designs, with special December rate for destinations within the Netherlands. The validity period is undetermined, but the December 2020 stamps may only be used from 16 November 2020 to 6 January 2021 without any additions.

Booklet Pane of 20 Stamps:

First Day Covers:

Order the first-day envelope no. 817A December stamps 2020. On this envelope you will find six stamps of this relevant stamp sheet. In addition, the envelope has a special stamp “first day of issue” and an image illustrating the subject. Product of Dutch Association of Stamp Traders

Order the first-day envelope no. 817B December stamps 2020. On this envelope you will find four stamps of this relevant stamp sheet. In addition, the envelope has a special stamp “first day of issue” and an image illustrating the subject. Product of Dutch Association of Stamp Traders

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