Many stores and shops are already gearing up for the upcoming holiday and the Brazil Post Office is no exception.
According to Postmaster Dianna Egold, the office now has the entire portfolio stamps collection available for the 2007 holiday season.
The four Holiday Knits Commemorative stamps feature classic wintertime imagery. The images consist of a dignified stag, a snap-dappled evergreen tree, a perky snowman sporting a top hat and a whimsical teddy bear.
The four stamps were designed and machine-knitted by New York based illustrator Nancy Stahl, who has previously designed several other stamps for the postal service.
Renaissance painter Bernardino Luini's painting, "The Madonna of the Carnation" is featured on the 2007 Christmas stamp. The Christmas stamps adorn millions of letters, greeting cards and packages each year. Since 1978, the theme of these stamps has been the Madonna and Child, and the stamps have attracted a devoted following throughout the years.
The Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, with the same designs as the 2006 versions, commemorate the holiday festivals of the Jewish and African-American communities. The Hanukkah stamp features a photograph of a dreidel and the word "Hanukkah."
The Kwanzaa stamp commemorates the Africa-American holiday Kwanzaa, which celebrates the seven principles of unity.
The Eid stamp, first issued in 2001, commemorates the two most important festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The stamp was developed with the help of Muslim consultants and experts in Islamic studies.