New December Stamps inspired by traditional knitting patterns

The Hague – The month of December is traditionally a time when we think of others and let each other know that we care. Most people do this by sending a Christmas or New Year card. A logical choice, because a card is something you remember. It is something personal and tangible, nice to send to loved ones who can put it on the mantelpiece or hang it up for display. Every year, PostNL issues new December stamps, which allow consumers and companies to send Christmas and New Year cards at a reduced rate. Today, the first sheet of December 2012 stamps was presented at the Margriet Winter Fair to singer Xander de Buisonjé, who is about to bring out a special Christmas single. At the fair, Xander posted the very first Christmas card of the year in the post-box at the PostNL stand.

The December stamp sheet consists of 20 stamps featuring ten different illustrations. The graphic reproduction and the colours of these illustrations were inspired by the traditional knitting patterns used in classic Norwegian jerseys. Familiar Christmas subjects are visible in the knitting patterns, such as Christmas trees, reindeer, Santas, Christmas angels, Christmas stars and baubles.
 
The sheets containing 20 December stamps cost €8.00 each. With the purchase of three sheets, the customer will receive the 2013 Home Diary free of charge. Like last year, the 2012 December stamps and the 2013 Home Diary were developed by the makers of Flow magazine.
 
Astrid van der Hulst of the creative team of Flow: "We were delighted when PostNL asked us if we would like to design the December stamps and the Home Diary this year again. As far as I am aware, two consecutive years is a first. In Flow, we therefore frequently discuss it. During our brainstorming session about possible designs for the December stamps, we unanimously chose the Norwegian knitting patterns as a theme. Knitting is hot; it reflects the current trend for making things yourself rather than buying and mass production. People appreciate authenticity, something home-made involving hours of attention, toil and love."
 
From 20 November and subject to availability, the stamps can be bought from PostNL Post Offices, online via Postkantoor.nl and for stamp collectors also via the Collect Club in Groningen. The stamps are franked ‘December’ and are valid throughout the Christmas period for mail not exceeding 50 grams to destinations in the Netherlands. In 2012, the Christmas period is from 20 November 2012 till 6 January 2013 inclusive. For more information, visit www.postnl.nl. Besides a stamp sheet of 20 stamps based on ten different designs, a stamp booklet and two first-day covers will also be issued.