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Christmas Philatelic Interests

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Members collect a variety of philatelic items. It is up to the individual collector to choose what they are especially interested in. Click the links to find out more about the following examples:

STAMPS POSTMARKS METER IMPRESSIONS
CHRISTMAS SEALS CHRISTKINDL POSTMARKS FIRST DAY COVERS
COVERS SILENT NIGHT POSTAL STATIONERY
SANTA CLAUS REPLY LETTERS A THEMATIC PHILATELIC COLLECTION OTHER CHRISTMAS INTERESTS
  • COVERS. . . need not have a Christmas stamp on them to be collectible by the Christmas philatelist. Some examples of interesting Christmas covers would include: stampless covers with postmarks dated Dec. 25, a postage due or other post office marking with a Christmas connection, slogans relating to Christmas etc. Cover collectors enjoy doing research to find an explanation of the delivery path and special markings found on covers.
  • POSTMARKS . . . from cities with a Christmas name such as Bethlehem, Christmas, North Pole, Santa Claus, Noel, Evergreen etc. are avidly collected by the Christmas philatelist. Many of the Christmas-named places in the United States and around the world give a pictorial cancel. Christmas Island, Nova Scotia issued its third consecutive Christmas cancel in 1996.

    This is a list of cities with Christmas names in the United States.

  •     CHRISTKINDL POSTMARKS . . . a small village in Austria with a seasonal post office. The annual pictorial cancels from this village are much sought after by Christmas collectors.
  • SILENT NIGHT...on stamps, seals and covers. Quite an extensive collection of material can be amassed on the theme of the world's most famous Christmas carol. A seasonal postmark is available from the town of its origin, Oberndorf, Austria.  

    Visit some web sites devoted to the famous carol:  Silent Night     Silent Night Web

  • METER IMPRESSIONS . . . with a Christmas theme are a colorful addition to a Christmas collection.
  • FIRST DAY COVERS . . . with various cachets available are collected by a representative number of collectors. Some members select a favorite Christmas issue and find it quite a challenge to try to assemble as many different cachets as possible for that one stamp issue. Others collect all the cachets of a certain artist.
  •  POSTAL STATIONERY. . . A wide variety of material is available to the Christmas collector in this field including airletters and postal cards issued by many countries.
  • SANTA CLAUS REPLY LETTERS . . . many postal entities send replies to children's letters at Christmas time and these replies are often sought by the Christmas collector. Usually, Santa's replies  come in special envelopes with a distinctive postmark or meter impression. Canada Post, Australia, Finland, Christkindl are a few of the countries that send out letters or cards to children. 

     

Since there is a vast amount of Christmas material available, many Christmas collectors specialize in a particular theme related to Christmas. Some popular areas of interest are listed here.

St. Nicholas/Santa Claus

Angels

Carols/Music

Nativity

Plants/Greens

Bells

Flight into Egypt

Teddy Bears

Children's Paintings

Star of Bethlehem

 

As with other philatelic themes, Christmas collecting can spill over into a collection of non-philatelic items such as the following:

ornaments

books

coins

crafts

Christmas cards

creches

videos/records

postcards

sports/nonsports cards

phone cards

recipes

knickknacks

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