According to info got by StampNews.com Itella Posti Oy will publish this year's enchanting Christmas stamps at the Helsinki Book Fair on Thursday, October 23. Other releases include a stamp booklet that celebrates the centennial year of Finnish independence and depicts the changing everyday life in Finland, and a roll of stamps featuring Finnish bridges and waterways. The four October stamp releases include no fewer than 18 different stamps.
The two Christmas stamps are full of fairy-tale atmosphere.
This year, the Christmas stamps feature the artwork of Kristina Segercrantz, famous for several award-winning book illustrations. With these stamps executed with watercolor technique, Segercrantz wants to create a true Christmas fairy-tale atmosphere.
In the blue-hued Christmas Eve Christmas-tariff stamp, an elf girl enjoys the enchanting atmosphere with a Christmas reindeer in candlelight. In the other Christmas stamp, the orange-hued Christmas Morning 1st-class stamp, an elf rings a large Christmas bell, feet off the ground. The graphic design of the Christmas stamps comes from Olavi Hankimo.