Christmas is the happiest time of the year! Latvian Post decided to cheer up the stamp collectors with a new Christmas stamp release that is full of joy and positive emotions. The new stamps in the Christmas series have been designed by the Estonian artist Indrek Ilves in a very bright style to match the holiday mood.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce this festive philatelic release to our readers' attention.
Though Latvia celebrates Christmas on December 25, this holiday is closely linked with pagan winter solstice celebrations. Latvians mark the 12 days up until Christmas with gifts. Latvia is closely associated with the Christmas tree, and some legends say it was in Old Town Riga that the first Christmas tree was decorated in front of the House of Blackheads on Town Hall Square in the beginning of the 16th century.
Whether or not this is true makes no difference, because the tradition of decorating Christmas trees is alive and well in Latvia. One is erected every year in that legendary spot on the medieval square. Christmas trees in Latvia can be decorated in a variety of ways, but hanging Christmas ornaments made of natural materials like straw is one of the most traditional.
Latvijas Pasts launched the Christmas series of stamps in 1994, and so far more than 50 Christmas stamps have been released in the series. After December 3 this year, visitors to the Greeting House of Latvijas Pasts in Dome Square and all Latvijas Pasts post offices will have the opportunity to buy a set of all stamps released in 2015.