Since ancient times, people have associated plants with various festivals. The tradition persists today and these new stamps thus feature Christmas plants. The poinsettia is a native of Mexico and Guatemala. It was named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist who brought one back from Mexico. The innocent-looking potted poinsettia could reach a height of five meters if grown in the wild. Québec painter Claude A. Simard, who has a keen interest in horticulture, has chosen an original way to illustrate the annual Christmas stamp series. By deftly combining the warm reds, greens and golds of traditional Christmas plants and accessories, he has managed to infuse each stamp with the festive atmosphere of the holidays.