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Since 1964, Canada Post has encouraged Canadians to make their cards and letters more festive.
This stamp issue features adorable illustrations by Geneviève Godbout of three classic holiday characters: Santa (domestic permanent rate), a reindeer (US rate) and an elf (International rate). Domestic rate stamps are available in booklets of 12, with the U.S. and international rate stamps offered in booklets of six. A festive souvenir sheet that brings together all three characters is also part of the issue, along with a souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover, cancelled in Noëlville, Ontario.
European folklore and traditions have long included winter-season figures of gift-giving, including the medieval Saint Nicholas, German Pelznickel (or Belsnickel) and Italian Befana. Santa Claus came to us through a melding of such legends, as popularized in 19th-century poems and illustrations.
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