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Nativity - Christmas 2020

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 2, 2020
Year 2020
Quantity 5,400,000
Denomination
PERMANENTâ„¢ (P)
Postal Administration Canada

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Layouts

Booklet of 12 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 450,000
Original Price: $11.04
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 32 mm x 30 mm
Printer: Colour Innovations
Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 6,500
Cancellation Location: Sainte-Famille, Quebec
Original Price: $1.92
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

Our latest Christmas issue is a heart warming celebration of the Nativity designed by Toronto-based Soapbox Design and illustrated by Sandra Dionisi. Ideal for sending Christmas greetings to loved ones, the stamp captures a tender moment, as Mary and Joseph look lovingly at their newborn son. An ox and donkey, which often appear in depictions of the holy event, add layers of symbolism to the scene.

The two beasts of burden began to appear in artistic interpretations around the fourth century, even though they were not mentioned in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. It is possible they were added to illustrate Isaiah’s prophecy: “The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master’s crib.” The pair also embody traits emphasized in Jesus’ teachings: the ox, endurance and sacrifice; the donkey, humility; and both, patience and service. Their presence in crèche scenes became common after St. Francis of Assisi included a live ox and donkey in his re-enactment of the Nativity in the 13th century. They are often shown gazing in adoration at the Christ Child – symbolizing the importance that all living creatures are attached to his birth.

Creators

Stamp Designer: Soapbox Design.

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Reference

Canada Post Details Magazine - November 2020, Volume XXIX NO 7

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