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Christmas Holly

Christmas 2011

Title

Christmas Holly

Denomination

PERMANENT™ (P)

Date of Issue

November 1, 2011

Year

Quantity

27,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas 2011

Series Time Span

2011

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design/Illustration: Hélène L’Heureux.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-left corner.

Interesting Details

This stamp has holographic foil snowflakes printed on it.

Layouts

Booklet of 12 stamps

Quantity Produced - 2,250,000
Cancellation Location: Greenwood, British Columbia
Original Price: $7.08
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 24 mm x 24 mm (square)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours plus holographic foil
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 14,000
Cancellation Location: Greenwood, British Columbia
Original Price: $1.59
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 24 mm x 24 mm (square)
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours plus holographic foil
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The Christmas holly tree has a long history associated with Yuletide and the coming of the winter holiday season. Since pre-Christian times, people have brought holly and branches of other evergreen plants indoors in the winter. Thought to afford magical protection against evil spirits, Druids wore sprigs of holly in their hair during mistletoe rituals at summer and winter solstice observances.

Over the years, the practice of displaying special decorations and greenery at Christmastime has become customary. The bright red berries and green leaves of the holly, which often appears in wreaths on doors at this time of year, mirror the traditional, vivid colours of Christmas—a welcome sight in the cold, white winter of northern climes like Canada.

The fourth secular stamp in Canada Post's continuing holiday series, to be issued on November 1, showcases a festive sprig of holly. Designer Hélène L’Heureux scattered snowflakes in clear holographic foil throughout the design of this stamp, as she did in the Snowman (2005), the Reindeer (2007) and the Christmas Tree (2009) stamps. It has a contemporary feel, and shares many of the other bold design elements common to the series, including strong graphic shapes and the snowy background landscape of rolling hills.

A complementary note card set will also be available for purchase this year, offering customers a perfect opportunity to extend the season’s greetings using the image of the modern, festive Holly stamp, as well as those from the three previous popular Christmas stamps.

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Reference

Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XX No 4; October to December 2011)

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