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Santa Writing a Letter

Santa 2014

Title

Santa Writing a Letter

Denomination

PERMANENT™ (P)

Date of Issue

October 23, 2014

Year

Quantity

24,140,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Santa 2014

Series Time Span

2014

Perforation or Dimension

Serpentine Die Cut 13¼ x 13

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Hélène L’Heureux. Illustration: Christiane Beauregard.

Layouts

Booklet of 12 stamps

Quantity Produced - 2,000,000
Original Price: $10.20
Dimension: 22 mm x 24 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours

Souvenir sheet of 3 stamps

Quantity Produced - 140,000
Original Price: $4.55
Dimension: 85 mm x 54 mm
Gum Type: PVA

Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 11,500
Cancellation Location: Saint-Nicolas QC
Original Price: $5.55
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm

About Stamp

To every child, Santa is someone a little different: the jolly, bearded elf who brings the year’s most popular toys; the magical, red-suited man who fills stockings with chocolate; and much, much more. He answers letters, enjoys cookies and milk, and fulfills Christmas dreams. He brings joy, comfort, and hope wherever they are needed.

It’s no small wonder that children around the globe write letters to Santa. Every year, Canada Post helps him with his mail – with an average of one million letters arriving from every corner of the world, in English, French, and 30 other languages. These precious messages contain everything from the most selfless wish lists to the most grandiose of Christmas dreams.

Stamp illustrator Christiane Beauregard was inspired by the many sides of Santa. She created three unique scenes – each with its distinct, colourful environment – in which the iconic figure writes letters, gives presents, and stands in the traditional robes of Saint Nicholas.

“The letter writing suggests a more reflective aspect of Santa’s personality,” says Beauregard of the Permanent™ stamp. “I coloured the background a rich, golden tone to radiate the warmth these letters bring to children.”

In choosing to feature Santa with his magical bag of presents on the U.S.-rate stamp, Beauregard was careful to create something new from a common Christmas image: “I injected an element of playfulness. With Santa flying through the air, there’s a touch of euphoria in the universal scene.”

To complete the three-stamp issue, Beauregard drew on the traditional roots of Saint Nicholas, using an elegant coat and decorative trimmings to evoke a mystical aura.

While the three scenes highlight different sides of Santa, it was their similarities that inspired stamp designer Hélène L’Heureux.

“In each of the three figures, the kindness and generosity of Santa emerge,” she explains. “Whether answering letters, handing out gifts, or simply expressing peace and serenity, Santa is endearing, merry and timeless.”

In honour of jolly Saint Nick, the Official First Day Cover for these festive stamps is cancelled in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec.

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