2011 Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Holiday Stamps

October 16th, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service has issued two newly designed Forever stamps commemorating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa for mailing cards and letters during the upcoming holiday season.

"This year, for the first time, all of our holiday stamps are being issued as Forever stamps," said Stephen Kearney, executive director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service. "These popular stamps rank among our best sellers, with 1.3 billion being sold from October to December last year. That amounts to one in every 10 stamps we sell for the year. We hope to sell even more this year and, remember, they last forever," Kearney noted.

The U.S. Postal Service issued its first Hanukkah stamp, a stylized illustration of a menorah, in 1996. A design featuring an ornate dreidel followed in 2004, and a photograph of a menorah with nine lit candles was first released in 2009.

The first Kwanzaa commemorative stamp was issued in 1997. New designs also were issued in 2004 and 2009.

Both the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps are being issued as Forever stamps which make them good for one-ounce First-Class Mail postage forever.