Hello everybody! These days we are enjoying a sunny but cool weather here in the city. It’s definitely a welcome change!
Although we are not officially celebrating Christmas in Phnom Penh, a lot of establishments as well as (expat) homes are decorated for the holiday. While looking around a local market and stopping by to check some metal cabinets for sale (for my postcards, stamps and what-nots!), I noticed that a “Merry Christmas” sign was up and one or two salespersons were wearing a Santa hat! Clearly, we are all feeling the holiday fever here.
Which brings me now to my stamps for this week. First up from Portugal featuring the bearded and red-suited Santa Claus holding a present with one of his reindeers.
The stamp is one of the 6 stamps of the Natal set issued by Correios de Portugal in 2009. According to StampNews.com, this set of Christmas stamps were original graphic designs reflecting Christmas exchanging of gifts and/or gift-giving tradition.
Just a thought. I find stamps featuring children’s drawings of Santa Claus (or any other drawings) the most endearing and creative ones. I don’t know why. Maybe there is something special and magical about the way children see Santa Claus (or other subjects, in general) and that is, somehow, translated onto their drawings. I do not own stamps with Santa Claus drawn by children but I want to have some, of course.
I have two more Christmas stamps from New Zealand and Croatia, respectively:
The Christmas stamp from NZ portays the Nativity scene, a Christian story told countless times from generations to generations all over the world. Here in the stable, Mary and Joseph cradling the Infant Jesus who was wrapped in swaddling clothes. I love looking at the adoring gaze of Mary and Joseph. I also love the metallic colour incorporated in the dominantly blue theme.
Christmas has been a source of inspiration to many artists. It is the most wonderful time of the year, in my opinion. Families gather, forgive each other and renew ties, and celebrate the real reason for the season.
With a flickering Christmas tree in the middle, with the most beautiful meal of dreams on the table, with good, tame and patient things, with the chairs facing us and awaiting us, Emanuel Vidovićreminds us that our home is the church.” – Hrvatske Pošte
And on this note, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Feliz Natal! Joyeux Noël! Sretan Božić! Maligayang Pasko. Среќен Божиќ. Craciun Fericit! ¡Feliz Navidad!
May we all remember the reason for our celebration this coming Christmas.