The iconic, festive symbolism of the tree and star pre-dates their use in Christmas celebrations, making these designs welcome heralds of the holiday season.
The bright designs bring joy of Christmas to friends and loved ones, and the design’s universal appeal will be welcomed wherever their message of peace and goodwill is sent.
The 50c stamp design features the Christmas tree. From ancient times the tree has symbolised new life and fertility.
The 90c stamp design features the star, a universal symbol of hope and optimism. In a Christian context, the star symbolises the star of Bethlehem which guided the Magi to the Christ child.
The above designs are closely modelled on the original "Tree" and "Star" designs of the Season's Greetings stamps issued in Sep 2001.
Date of Issue : 5 Aug 2003
Postmark : Wisemans Ferry 2775 NSW
Denomination : 50c and 90c
Stamp Size : 30.5mm x 30mm
Paper : De La Rue
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Story has it that Christmas trees were originally hung upside down, without lights. Martin Luther was the one who changed this Christmas tree tradition by placing a young fir tree upright in a pot, high on the table.
Candles were removed from the triangle shaped holder, and used as the very first Christmas tree lights, flickering from the tree's delicate branches.