|Since the first Christmas stamps were issued in Australia in 1957 there have been many different interpretations of the traditional Christmas story. This year, the Christmas stamps were designed by graphic designer Jeanette Fallon whose designs convey the joy of Christmas.|
The familiar symbols and characters
of the Nativity are the central elements of each design. These elements are combined with symbols reminiscent of Christmas decorations reminding us that the common themes of the secular and religious observances during the holiday season are celebration, joy. happiness, love, caring and living in harmony.
The designs are deliberately intricate
and detailed. Surfaces are ornamented and embellished. The use of gold alludes to the richness of religious icons; the depth of colour captures the richness of Christmas baubles.
Each stamp glitters like a precious
treasure to mark Christmas 2004.