Christmas Island festive season stamps

November 7th, 2014

According to info got by Christmas Island Post is ready to issue its Christmas stamps to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The designs which are inscribed "Christmas Island Australia" feature Father Christmas and Christmas Island red crabs. The stamps are to be released on the 31st of October.

Christmas Island's rugged coastline is comprised mostly of sea cliffs, with some narrow sandy or coral-shingled beaches. The island rises dramatically from the edge of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean, with some of the longest drop-offs in the world. Captain William Mynors of the East India Company vessel the Royal Mary named Christmas Island when he sailed past it on Christmas Day in 1643.

Christmas Island festive season stamps are traditionally a light-hearted and humorous depiction of Father Christmas enjoying Christmas festivities on the island with the various creatures, including crabs and birds that the island is renowned for. All are busily preparing Christmas Island for seasonal activities, including gift giving. Crabs dressed in Santa hats join Father Christmas while he carries starfish to adorn the tree. A single reindeer, with a red crab perched on his nose, is watching with interest from afar.