Date of Issue
November 2, 1995
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.
Designed by François Dallaire
This year's Christmas stamps issued on November 2, 1995, present two topics rather than just one. The GREET MORE stamp features a decorative arrangement of holly, while the other three stamps depict Émile Brunet's sculptured capitals, found at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, east of Quebec City. The holly wreath is a Yuletide symbol older than the Christmas tree, and its festive association can be traced back to the early pagans. It is said that Druids worshipped as a symbol of the sun's return. In the Christian faith, it is believed by some that Christ's crown of thorns contained holly and that drops of blood turned the berries from white to red. Holly is one of several horticultural symbols associated with Christmas, along with the poinsettia, mistletoe and the Christmas tree. Each of these were featured on the 1987 Christmas stamps. The 1981 Christmas stamps commemorated the bicentenary of our Christmas trees - a tradition brought from Germany in 1781 - by depicting trees from 1781, 1881 and 1981. The GREET MORE stamp, also designed by François Dallaire, depicts holly leaves in a decorative arrangement.
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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1995, p. 5, 8.
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