Somehow, without my even noticing, it has become November, which means that it's basically winter and the holidays are nearly upon us. That means it's time to order some holiday-themed postage to match your holiday cards, or at least to lend some seasonal cheer to your everyday letters.
Our trusty United States Postal Office has several themed stamps, so here is a roundup to make stamp shopping even easier than it already is.
1 The Evergreen 44¢ stamp (2010) comes in 4 varieties, and is seasonal without being religious
2 The Winter Holidays 44¢ stamp (2009), also 4 varieties (reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man and toy soldier), and also non-denominational
3 The Winter Olympics happened last February, but you can still celebrate snow sports with the Vancouver Olympics 44¢ commemorative stamp (2010)
4 The 2010 44¢ Christmas stamp is Angel With Lute, a beautiful detail of a fresco painted by Melozzo da Forli in 1494. (I love this one but my grandmother would plotz!)
5 Last year's 44¢ Christmas stamp, Madonna and Sleeping Child, is still available. It features a 17th-century painting by Sassoferrato that is in the collection of the Hearst Castle in California (so you know it's super-classy)
6 This 44¢ Kwanzaa stamp was issued last year and depicts a joyful, Cubist portrait of an African-American family
7 The Hanukkah 44¢ stamp (2009) features a tasteful silver menorah with all 9 candles lit
8 It's only 29¢, so you'll have to buy additional postage, but this Polar Bear from 2009 might be the perfect wintertime stamp
Do you buy seasonal stamps for holiday cards? Which is your favorite?
All images: usps.org