Date of Issue
November 13, 1992
Christmas, Christmas Personages
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Designed by Louis Fishauf.
Given the overwhelming popularity of last year's "Santa" Christmas stamps, this year theme will portray four more traditional Yuletide gift-givers from various regions around the world. The four "Santas" being honoured include one each from North America (37¢), Estonia (42¢), Italy (48¢) and Germany (84¢). Our North American Santa tradition arrived with the Dutch in the 1650's as "Sinter Klaus", whose name was anglicized to Santa Claus. But his traditional appearance was ambigious until Dr. Clement Clark Moore of New York wrote his famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822. Santa is "chubby and plump - a right jolly old elf", with eight tiny reindeer pulling a sleigh which alights on roofs to allow St. Nick to descend chimneys and leave gifts. The finishing touches to our Santa were added in the 1930's, when Coca-Cola had Haddon Sundblom do Santa paintings for an advertising campaign. He emerged with his jolly red-cheeked visage, white beard, fur-trimmed suit, red stocking cap, wide leather belt and boots. Of course his home is at Canada's North Pole, where children may write to him at postal code H0H 0H0.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 8, 1992, p. 12-13.
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