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pr17_059The United States Postal Service is celebrating the holiday season early, but releasing four new Forever stamps. The new stamps feature images that illustrate the themes of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.”

The stamps were dedicated earlier this month at the American Stamp Dealers Association Fall Stamp Show in New York City.

Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps, and the shades of blue in the backgrounds of the stamps evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. The booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director, and artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, VA, created original art for the project.

“We’re excited to continue one of the Postal Service’s long standing traditions — celebrating the holidays with new stamps,” said U.S. Postal Service Brand Marketing Executive Director Christopher Karpenko.

“This year’s selections were inspired by some of America’s favorite Christmas carols, sung and adored by children and adults alike since the 18th century. Translated into dozens of languages, these timeless classics are so recognizable. When holiday items arrive in mailboxes with these stamps, we expect recipients will be humming the tune of the carol lyrics they see — either in their heads or out loud.”

“The popularity of Christmas stamps is something celebrated and shared by both stamp collectors and the general public,” said Bigalke. “It’s an honor to be a part of this moment in history introducing a new set of stamps to the nation.”

The Christmas Carol stamps are being issued as Forever stamps that are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

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