2020 holiday stamps and postal deadlines
Five new holiday designs for Forever Stamps were recently released by the U.S. Postal Service. This year’s collection is especially colorful, historic, and imaginative.
Our Lady of Guápulo
From the collection of the Metropolitan Museum Art in New York, this stamp highlights a detail of a painting by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru. It depicts the Virgin Mary in a crown of roses and leaves looking at the Christ Child, whom she holds in her left arm. Both figures are crowned and painted with exquisite detail.
This special season also calls to mind winter scenes, even for those of us living in warmer climes. This set of stamps includes 10 different scenes of snow and ice with animals, barns, and tree-lined roads. The images were captured on film by various photographers.
For those who want a more secular approach to stamping holiday greetings or even bills, Holiday Delights comes in festive colors of red, white, and green. Inspired by vintage ornaments and Scandinavian folk art, illustrator Kirsten Ulve created four different illustrations: a prancing reindeer, an ornament tied with a bow, a star-topped tree, and a toy-stuffed stocking.
Using original art by Jing Jing Tsong, this colorful stamp depicts the lighting of a menorah by two children on the last day of the eight-day celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights. One child is replacing the shamash, the candle used to light the eight other candles and sits in the exact middle of menorah.
Kwanzaa takes place over seven days from December 26 through January 1. An annual Pan-African holiday, it represents seven founding principles called Nguzo Saba. Each day in the holiday celebrates a different principle: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa features a candleholder, but with seven candles rather than nine. This year’s Kwanzaa stamp features artwork by Andrea Pippins.
Stamps can be purchased at the local post office or online at store.usps.com.
Deadlines to get packages delivered on time
Get your packages to loved ones before Santa by adhering to these important deadlines from the U.S. Postal Service. With COVID-19 guidelines recommending against large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic, shipping packages might be the safest way to spread holiday cheer this year.
For packages to arrive by Christmas Day, which is Friday, Dec. 25, the USPS recommends the following mail dates for domestic addresses.
- Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground service
- Dec. 18: First-class mail service (including greeting cards)
- Dec. 18: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- Dec. 19: Priority Mail service
- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express service
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