Christmas: Nativity

Posted on Nov. 10, 2020 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

date: November 2, 2020

Our latest Christmas issue is a heartwarming 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.

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 12 stamps - Christmas: Nativity
  • Product #: 114147
  • Layout: Booklet of 12 stamps
  • Price: $11.04
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Soapbox Design
  • Illustration: Sandra Dionisi
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 30 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
  • Quantity: 450,000
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Official First Day Cover - Christmas: Nativity
  • Product #: 414147131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Soapbox Design
  • Illustration: Sandra Dionisi
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Cancellation site: Sainte-Famille QC
  • Quantity: 6,500
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