Friday, April 27, 2012

Finnish Christmas stamps 7.11.2011

Finnish Christmas stamps published on November 7th 2011. Elves wish you a cozy but busy Christmas. Elves designed by the renowned postcard artist Kaarina Toivanen are the theme of this year's Christmas stamps. The Soft Christmas stamp, valued at EUR 0.55, has a smiling boy elf surrounded by balls of wool and stuffed toys. On a 2nd class stamp called Active Christmas a lively girl elf is swinging on a straw mobile.
"Rosehip" and "Light in the window" – Frozen Rose Hip. Rose hip is the ripe reddish-orange fruit of the rose. Best rose hips are gained from the Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa), which is widely grown in central Europe. Flesh of the hip is used to make jellies, jams and purees, preserves, syrups, fruit soups, tea, wine, and health drinks. Rose hips are highly rich in vitamin C (about 800 mg/100 g in fresh hips) and even when dried, they preserve this vitamin better than any other plant. The amount of vitamin C varies according to the species of roses, being in some fresh rose-hips as high as 1250 mg/100 g. Besides vitamin C, rose-hips are also rich in carotenoids (eg beta-carotene), lycopene, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin E and fibre. Some of them also contain an anti-inflammatory galactolipid, which has been shown to be effective in alleviating pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Two frosty rosehips have kept their red colour in the winter. The stamp is in harmony, but bold and beautiful, but cool – definitely fascinating! For winter greetings two stamps, published at the same time with the Christmas stamps, are perfect for winter greetings after the Christmas season. A new 2nd class personalized stamp frame will be published in November, and Posti's personalized stamp based on it. The theme of the stamp is a frosty rosehip. Christmas greetings abroad are well accompanied by the 1st class Light in the window stamp designed by Aino-Maija Metsola and Georgi Eremenko. On Christmas Eve, it is a common practice for Christians to place a large candle in the window of their home. The candle symbolizes the star of Bethlehem, which led the three Wise Men to the birthplace of Jesus Christ. When the candle is lit it also symbolizes Jesus as the "Light of the World". Ella gave these three lovely FDCs to me.

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