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The Holly and the Ivy

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Set of 7 Stamps Our sets are supplied in a robust glassine bag. You may decide to place the stamps in a special album in order to preserve their mint condition (see Albums and Binders section).If you're a new stamp c..

Price £4.45

First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

Price £5.65

Presentation Pack A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is at..

Price £5.35

Sheets of 10 Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer's information and 'traf..

Price £44.50

Description

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.

Specification

Designer Keith Robinson
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Values 39p, 44p, 59p, 60p, 73p, 80p, 90p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarked PVA adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 13 x 13.25
Cylinder A

The Holly and the Ivy