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Friday, 20th November 2020

An Post Christmas stamps celebrate community connection

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Stamps combine tradition with Covid’s ‘new normal’

Christmas posting schedule outlined 

An Post has proved itself to be invaluable to the community during this most difficult of years, the friendly chat and knock on the door from the postie is always welcome – even if they’re delivering bills!

Earlier in the year they supplied everyone in the country with free postcards with which to send love to family or friends that we are all missing so much. The local posties cheered many thousands of people up with their “Ireland’s Call” video which raised many thousands of Euro for the frontline workers in the local hoppital

Today An Post issued its Christmas stamps for 2020 and the community theme is continued on the six stamps, illustrated by Liz Rackard and designed by Detail Design Studio, which show the importance of keeping people and communities connected while staying apart this year.   

The stamps show some new traditions that have become part of ‘living with Covid’ including home baking with the family, online calls with family and friends and a postperson checking in with an older customer, as well as an angel and a traditional nativity scene. 

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As people prepare their Christmas cards and parcels much earlier this year to allow for Covid-related delays and huge volumes of mail, demand is already strong across post offices and anpost.com/shop for this year’s colourful Christmas booklet of 20 stamps (€19 with one free stamp) and a handy booklet of 5 international Christmas Stamps priced €8.50 (5 x €1.70).  There’s also a bundle offer with a special price of €26 when you buy both together. A €5 booklet of five national stamps is also available.   

Julie Gill, Marketing Director of An Post Mails and Parcels says “Christmas will be very different for everyone this year and a personal greeting to family and friends will mean more than ever before. Our advice is to send early to ensure your present or card gets there in time for Christmas. This is especially the case when mailing abroad so post early.” 

An Post’s Christmas TV ad also airs this weekend with a festive feel-good theme entitled ‘Make a Memory with An Post’.

December 7th is the latest date for posting parcels and letters by standard service to the US, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and 12th December for European destinations (17th for cards) An Post advises customers to get posting as early as possible given Covid restrictions, heavy mail volumes and uncertain weather conditions across the world.

Christmas Stamp Booklets and pre-paid gift packaging are available in all Post Offices nationwide and online at www.anpost.com/Christmas 

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