The colourful Christmas 2001 issue celebrates the enduring magic of carols with six creative interpretations.
What would the festive season be without its songs? In New Zealand, good humoured crowds in their thousands gather to sing along to the familiar lyrics, accessible tunes and subject matter that ranges from the mystic to the light and sentimental. The songs lift people out of themselves, providing a glimpse of a happier and more tolerant world. It's not necessary to be religious, nor even particularly musical to enjoy these occasions.
Celebrating a Tradition of Christmas Song
Carols and the communal singing of them has endured over the centuries, in every country where Christianity has spread. They have become a distinctive genre of music, and a living tradition which is still being added to today with new lyrics, new settings and musical idioms reflecting the 21st Century. In all the countries where they are enjoyed, and in all the languages in which they are sung, carols share the same subject matter - the story and the significance of the birth of Jesus. Two millennia on, the impact of this event and the message associated with it, still has the power to move us.
A Festive First Day Cover
Warm colours and traditional style had been used to create the attractive first day cover for the Christmas 2001 issue. This cover incoprated all of the gummed and self-adhesive stamps from the issue.
A GIft of Christmas Song
For any collector, of any age, the Christmas 2001 presentation pack made a particularly thoughtful Christmas gift which incorporated both interesting history on the carols and all six gummed stamps.
Convenient Christmas Mailing
The 40c self-adhesive When Christ was born of Mary free was available in a 100-stamp dispenser carton.
Product Listing for Christmas 2001
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|Date of issue:||5 September 2001|
|Number of stamps:||Seven|
|Denominations and Designs:||Gummed: 40c When Christ was born of Mary free, 80c Away in a manger, 90c Joy to the world, $1.30 Angels we have heard on high, $1.50 O holy night, $2.00 While shepherds watched; Self-adhesive: 40c When Christ was born of Mary free|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Comm Arts Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Illustrator:||Ross Jones, Watermark, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Cost of unaddressed first day cover:||$7.80|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 30mm x 35mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|First day cover sive:||120mm x 205mm|
|Paper type:||Gummed: De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated stamp paper; Self-adhesive: JAC Non Detection PS 1 B90|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours and gold metallic|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Number of stamps per dispenser:||100|
|Perforation gauge:||Gummed: 13.85 x 13.75; Self-adhesive: die cut|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 4 September 2002.|