Christmas is one of those spiritual holidays that unites people and make them kinder. Each year 'Carols by Candlelight' event in Niue is organized by church groups. Its aim is to encourage the community to get together to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce this festive stamp issue that features Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger and Deck the Halls.
30c ‒ Silent Night stamp
Originally composed in 1818 by Austrian Franz Xaver Gruber with lyrics by Joseph Mohr, Silent Night is such an iconic carol that it was declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.
$1.40 ‒ Joy to the World stamp
Joy to the World was originally written by Isaac Watts and was based on Psalm 98 of the Bible. Although not originally written as a carol for Christmastime, it has since become one of the most popular and well known Christmas songs.
$2.00 ‒ Away in a Manger stamp
Originally titled Luther's Cradle Hymn, Away in a Manger was first published in the late 19th century. The tune that most commonly accompanies the carol was written by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.
$4.00 ‒ Deck the Halls stamp
The melody of Deck the Halls comes from an old Welsh winter carol, Nos Galan. The English lyrics (which are not based on the original Welsh lyrics) were written by Thomas Oliphant in 1862.
Festive collectables for your island collection
Included in this issue are a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. These festive products are a perfect addition to any Niuean stamp collection or as Christmas stocking fillers.