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Christmas 2017 - The Holly and the Ivy - First Day Cover

First Day Cover
GBP £5.65
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Set
GBP £4.45
First Day Cover
GBP £5.65
Presentation Pack
GBP £5.35
Sheetlets
GBP £44.50
Technical details
  • 08.11.2017
  • Keith Robinson
  • Cartor Security Printing
  • Offset Lithography
  • 40mm deep x 30mm wide
  • 39p, 44p, 59p, 60p, 73p, 80p, 90p
Thematics
About Christmas 2017 - The Holly and the Ivy

The theme of our Alderney Christmas 2017 stamp set is a popular Christmas Carol, The Holly and the Ivy. Carols have been part of our festive tradition since the Middle Ages. Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived. In Pagan times, long before the birth of Christianity, homes were customarily decorated in winter with evergreens taken from the surrounding landscape. According to records, ivy was used as a decoration way back in Roman times, as was holly, which played a major role in summer and winter solstice observances. Christians adopted evergreens as Christmas decorations in Roman times, despite protests from disapproving Church Fathers, who regarded the decorations as too pagan.

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