This year the Bahamas Post Office is releasing a set of 6 Christmas stamps beautifully illustrating the story of The Nativity in the style of stained glass windows.
The art of coloured glass is an ancient tradition at which both the Romans and the Egyptians excelled. However the use of stained glass windows commenced much later, around the 7th Century. Stained glass windows were especially suited to churches being both decorative and of course informative.
As the architecture of churches became more grand and ornate the windows became larger to allow in more light. Stained glass windows were divided into sections and the designs became far more complex, reflecting the different artistic styles of the times.
In Europe the art of stained glass reached its height between the 12th and 16th Centuries when magnificent windows were created for the great cathedrals. Stained glass windows are now a common feature of churches and places of worship making this an appropriate and interesting style for the Bahamas Christmas stamps.