|Date of Issue||October 10, 2012|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm|
|Issue Location||Washington, DC, (National Cathedral)|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On October 10, 2012, in Washington, DC, at the National Cathedral, the Postal Service™ will issue the Holy Family First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® stamp, priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 11, 2012.
The Holy Family stamp celebrates Christmas with a scene from the Nativity story that reminds us of the joys of the season: family, togetherness, and the birth of the baby Jesus. It continues the U.S. Postal Service’s tradition of issuing beautiful and timeless Christmas stamps and will be a treasured addition to cards and letters sent during this season of goodwill and sharing.
Working together, art director William J. Gicker, designer Greg Breeding, and artist Nancy Stahl created an evocative new image of the Holy Family. The stamp illustration shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky.
The Holy Family stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.