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Holly

Christmas

Title

Holly

Denomination

40¢

Date of Issue

November 2, 1995

Year

Quantity

38,940,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas

Series Time Span

1995

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by François Dallaire

About Stamp

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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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1995, p. 5, 8.

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