Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Christmas Stamps 2.11.1990

The stamp on the left depicts Santa Claus’ Main Post Office in the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle, 8 km north of Rovaniemi. This is the only official post office of Santa Claus. It belongs to Finland's official postal service network. Here you can feel the Christmas spirit every day of the year and be served by the merry post office elves in several languages!

The stamp on the Right depicts Santa Claus's reindeer's who form an imaginary team of flying reindeers traditionally held to pull the sleigh of Santa Claus and help him deliver Christmas gifts to little children around the world. The commonly cited names of the reindeer are DasherDancerPrancerVixenCometCupidDonner, and Blitzen. They are based on those used in the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly called "The Night Before Christmas"), which is arguably the basis of reindeer's popularity as Christmas symbols, and in which Donner and Blitzen were originally called Dunderand Blixem respectively.
The enduring popularity of the Christmas song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has led to Rudolph often joining the list.

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