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Royal Mail Deliver The Nativity Story On 2011 Christmas Stamps

GB 2011 Christmas stamps

The stamps are set to be appear on millions of cards and letters sharing Christmas greetings between friends and family in the UK and overseas. In fact Royal Mail’s festive mailbag is expected to be bulging with around two billion items. On its busiest days, around 130 million items will enter Royal Mail’s delivery network - more than double the average daily number.

The seven stamps are inspired by verses from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and recognise that 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

GB 2011 Christmas Stamp Issue

Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: “Christmas stamps help deliver festive messages of good cheer and celebration across the UK and around the world. This year’s stamps feature scenes from the Nativity, together with the gospel references from the King James Bible which inspired them.

"As we start the Christmas countdown, we are encouraging people to check their address lists include the full postcode and to get set to post their cards, and order their presents, early to help us spread the workload of handling around two billion items in the run up to Christmas."

The 1st and 2nd Class stamps are available in two sizes: a standard version for regular letters and a ‘large letter’ version for larger cards and mail.

Three other Christmas stamps depict Baby Jesus in the manger (68p stamp), the shepherds being visited by the Angel (£1.10) and the wise men and star (£1.65).




1st - First class inland letter rate

Mary and Baby Jesus

2nd - Second class inland letter rate

Joseph visited by the Angel

1st - First class inland letter rate  Large

Mary and Baby Jesus

2nd - Second class inland letter rate Large

Joseph visited by the Angel

68p – European Basic rate

Baby Jesus in the manger

£1.10 – Rest of World airmail  to 20gm

Shepherds visited by the Angel

£1.65 – Rest of world up to 40gm

Wise men and star

Royal Mail is encouraging customers to post their festive greetings early, and order their online gifts and shopping well in advance, to help its postmen and women deliver the bumper festive mailbag. Its latest recommended posting dates for mail to arrive in time for Christmas are:

Posting dates for delivery within the UK:

  • 1st Class Tuesday 20th December
  • 2nd Class Saturday 17th December
  • Special Delivery Thursday 22rd December


Posting dates for international mail:

  • Airmail to South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Far East (except Japan), Asia, New Zealand and Australia: Monday 5th December
  • Airmail to Japan, USA, Canada and Eastern Europe: Friday 9th December
  • Airmail to Western Europe: Monday 12th December


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