Christmas – Festive greetings
There are countless traditions and rituals around Christmas. These stamp designs draw our attention to the many preparations for the big day and surprise us with delicate tongue-in-cheek humour.
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The wintry forest is a hive of activity – the hare has got a wonderful Christmas tree and is speeding out of the forest on a sledge, the proud deer have got tangled up in the warmly glowing fairy lights and the little mouse is trying to carry Christmas mail home intact. The designs were produced as part of a competition, and Swiss Post employees had the opportunity to vote for their favourites.
For many people, the numerous habitual and cherished preparations for the festive season include writing personal Christmas greetings – and of course sending presents. With these three designs with face values of 90, 110 and 180 centimes, there is now an especially pretty way to do so.
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Bethlehem Christmas branch
Location: Bethlehem Christmas branch, “im Tscharni” cafe and community center, Waldmannstrasse 17, 3027 Bern, Switzerland
Getting there: Tram no. 8 to the Tscharnergut stop
Opening times: Thursday, 8.12.2022, 9 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9.12.2022, 9 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
We’re delighted that the Christmas branch in Bern-Bethlehem will be opening its doors again this year! To send your Christmas mail with the “Bethlehem” cancellation, bring your letters to Bern-Bethlehem during the sales stand’s opening hours, or send your Christmas mail franked with valid stamps (no express items) directly to the following address:
Post CH Network Ltd, Cancellation Service, “Bethlehem”, Werkstrasse 41, 3250 Lyss
Deadline for Christmas mail: 14 December 2022 On request, stamp impressions can also be applied to loose valid stamps. Please enclose a pre-franked, self-addressed envelope so that any unaddressed items for cancellation can be returned to you.
Philately: from 3.11.2022 to 31.12.2023 or while stocks last
Branches: from 10.11.2022 to 31.12.2023 or while stocks last
Unlimited from 10.11.2022
Offset, 4-colour; Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands
Stamps: 28 × 33 mm
Sheetlet: 100 × 228 mm (open), 100 × 114 mm (folded), 5 rows of 2 stamps
White stamp paper with optical brightener, self-adhesive, on backing paper, 196 gm2
Serpentine cut (4 sides)
Sarah von Rickenbach, Arth