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P.O.BOX 27-16,
Tainan County 71799,



Greetings from all over the world are flying to the small village of Christmas Island to get a special postmark.

“Every year, thousands of people take the time to send me their greeting cards to get the special postmark before they get delivered,” says postmistress MacKinnon who can stamp almost 2,000 greeting cards a day during the peak holiday season. “I’m always excited to find out from which country I’ll receive the first letter. With cards coming from as far as Japan or Australia, you realize that people are willing to make extra efforts to make their greeting cards unique for their loved ones, making my work even more meaningful.”
For more than 17 years at this time of year, the Christmas Island post office has been getting almost as busy as Santa’s workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000% between October and December. The thousands of letters from around the world come from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island.

For those interested in having holiday cards postmarked, please address and place the correct postage (or international reply coupon) on the actual greeting card, insert card into a larger envelope and send to:

 Featuring festive shapes and on the domestic, iconic gingerbread people, the images on the stamps are so realistic, you can almost smell the ginger and nutmeg—and taste the creamy sweet icing.

Food—especially wonderfully decorated savory delights or sweet treats—are a traditional part of celebration around the world. And whether you’re a fan of the festive season or a total bah-humbugger—it’s almost impossible to resist the temptation of fragrant and warm-from-the-oven Christmas cookies. That’s why we think our 2012 Christmas stamps will be irresistible. (But they’re self-adhesive—so quell the urge to lick them!)

It was her hope to inspire some happy childhood memories with stamps that are a tasty reminder of the pleasures practicing the tradition of baking and lovingly decorating holiday cookies and leaving a late night snack for Santa on Christmas Eve.

According to Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, “The simplicity of the well-known cookie images looks fresh and so appealing on the white background. Again, we try to explore symbols for the Christmas stamps that are familiar and have wide appeal—and I think we’ve definitely succeeded with these cookies.”

Royal originsOriginating with the Egyptians and Greeks, gingerbread’s ties to the holidays can be traced back to pre-Christian celebrations of the winter solstice, when small spicy cakes, marked with symbols of the sun were part of the yule feast. Gingerbread arrived in Europe courtesy of the crusaders, who brought then rare ginger back from the Middle East. As the spice became more common and affordable, an early European recipe that called for ground almonds, stale breadcrumbs, rosewater, sugar and ginger became popular. In the 16th century, English bakers replaced the breadcrumbs with flour, and added eggs and sweeteners, resulting in a lighter, tastier treat.
The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who impressed dignitaries by presenting them with cookies in their own likeness. Today, in towns and cities across the country, the best local bakers compete to create award-winning gingerbread homes—more aptly in many cases, cookie mansions—that use gum drops, jelly beans and other candies, coloured icings, nuts and other edible goodies as decorations.

Gingerbread Cookies 250 ml (1 cup) molasses
250 ml (1 cup) golden yellow sugar
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground ginger
5 ml (1 tsp) ground cloves
5 ml (1 tsp) ground nutmeg
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
250 ml (1 cup) butter (softened)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1,000 ml (4 cups) all-purpose flour
1. In a saucepan, dissolve the molasses, sugar and spices over low heat. Let simmer 20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the baking soda. (Be careful: The mix will rise and could overflow.)
Let stand 10 minutes.
3. In a mixing bowl, at low speed, add the molasses-spice mix a little at a time to the butter.
4. Add the eggs one by one and continue mixing.
5. Add the flour all at once with the mixer at low speed.
6. Beat batter until smooth, then separate into two balls and refrigerate for approx. 2 hours.
7. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 0.25 cm thick and cut into shapes using floured cookie cutters.
8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
9. Let cool on the cookie sheet.
Once cookies have cooled, they can be decorated with icing and your favourite candies.


100th Birth anniversary of Vu Trong Phung.

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Vu Trong Phung (20/10/1912 – 13/10/1939) who was born in My Hao District, Hung Yen provincewas a popular Vietnamese writer and journalist at the beginning of the 20th century. In the short-time ,he has left an incredible works repository: more than 30 short stories, 9 novels, 9 collective reportage, 7 plays, …, and hundreds of articles on politics, society, culture. Some excerpts from his works “Dumb Luck” and “The Storm” have been included in school textbooks of Vietnam.

Designers: Mr. Nguyen Du,
Printing Process:Offset,
Colour: Multicolored,
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)

The communist militant Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (1910 – 1941)

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Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (1910-1941) was born in Vinh City, Nghe An province. She soon joined the revolution. In 1930, she joined the Indochinese Communist Party and became one of the leaders of the party during 1930-1940. In 1937, she was elected to Communist Party Committee of the South andSecretary of Saigon-Cholon regional party. She was one of the leaders of the revolutionary movement 1936-1939 in Saigon and the Uprising of the South.

Designers: Mr. Du ; Mr. Trang & Mr. Tuan
Printing process: Offset
Paper: Gummed
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)