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Christmas Issues from Around the World
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New Zealand 1 New Zealand 2
New Zealand was one of the first countries to issue its 1997 Christmas stamps, with this pair on September 3. It commemorates one of the first Christmas services in New Zealand, in 1814, and the carol composed to mark that service, Te Harinui, which tells the story of that historic service.
Kwanzaa Hanukkah
The second stamp in the annual US Holiday Celebrations series was Kwanzaa, the African American festival of family, community and culture. The series began in 1996 with Hanukkah.
When you think Renaissance paintings -- many of which were of religious subjects -- you think Italy, which issued these two Christmas stamps this year.
France France's Christmas stamp has a Nativity scene titled "St. Pierre Christmas."
Marshall IslandsThe Marshall Islands issued two Christmas stamps this year featuring angels from Raphael's Sistine Madonna (1513). Both designs are found in a unique sheet of 16 stamps, each featuring four stamp-size labels showing "progressive proofs" of one of the two stamps. The labels do not carry a denomination and are not valid for postage.

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