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USPS dedicates Christmas stamps

Four people sing Christmas carols
Members of the New York Holiday Choirsters singing troupe — from left, Doug Cordes, Nicole Choate, Jen Arvay Kefalas and Jeffrey Funaro — perform during the Oct. 5 Christmas Carols stamp dedication ceremony.

The Postal Service began the holiday season early by dedicating the Christmas Carols stamps Oct. 5 in New York City.

The stamps feature images that illustrate the themes of four beloved holiday standards: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.”

Brand Marketing Executive Director Chris Karpenko, who led the dedication, noted the carols have been adored by children and adults since the 18th century.

“These timeless classics are so recognizable,” Karpenko said. “When holiday items arrive in mailboxes with these stamps, we expect recipients will be humming the tune of the carol lyrics they see — either in their heads or out loud.”

The ceremony was held during an American Stamp Dealers Association event. Other speakers included Tami Jackson, the association’s president; Jay Bigalke, editor of American Philatelist; and Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner.

The stamps are designed so the four images work as a group and individually. USPS is offering the stamps in booklets of 20, with each design appearing five times.

The stamps are available at Post Offices nationwide and The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

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