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Carol singing and Christmas trees made the Festive post

Carol singing and Christmas trees form the backdrop for this year’s festive offering from Royal Mail.

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The company’s eagerly anticipated Christmas stamps went on sale today (Tuesday, November 4) and feature five designs all aimed at showcasing festive family traditions.

The first class stamp features children posting their Christmas cards, watched by a robin.

The second class stamp sees a Dad and his children walking home with their Chritsmas tree.

The £1.28 stamp sees children build a snowman, while the £1.47 stamp sees a family sing Christmas carols in the snow.

Finally, the £2.15 stamp sees a Mum and her daughter skate together hand in hand on a frozen pond.

A special Smilers sheet features all the stamps apart from the £2.15, and includes fascinating facts about the Christmas traditions we all love and make colourful additions to your festive cards.

Don’t miss the post! Last posting dates for Christmas 2014 right here

Every year the Royal Mail alternates its festive offerings between the Christmas story and secular traditions. This year it is the turn of secular traditions. However, the Royal Mail is also making available last year’s Madonna and Child stamps in First and Second Class versions, so people wanting traditional Christmas stamps can still buy them.

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Christmas stamps is a tradition that dates back to 1966, and the first stamps were designed by winners of a Blue Peter competition. Children have designed the Christmas Special Stamp only twice since then – in 1981 and again in 2013. Cards themselves date back to 1843 – just 1,000 were produced.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “Christmas is a stamp issue we particularly look forward to and the charming style of these designs sets the perfect tone for the festive season.”

The stamps will be available, while stocks last, in 8,000 Post Offices and online at www.royalmail.com/christmas2014 or by calling 03457 641 641.