A selection of postcards on Christmas themes, the originals of which can be viewed in the Principality of Liechtenstein’s postal museum, adorn this year’s traditional Christmas stamps. The four motifs Lamplight (value CHF 0.85), Exchanging Christmas Presents (value CHF 1.00), City Scene (value CHF 1.50) and Winter Walk (value CHF 2.00) will be issued as self-adhesive stamps on sheets of 20. The typography of the Christmas cards, most of which date from the early years of the 20th century, was finished using hot foil stamping in gold. The Christmas card tradition can be traced back to 1843 when print shop owner Henry Cole in London hired an illustrator to create a Christmas card bearing the words “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”. The artist took his inspiration from the shape of an altarpiece and composed a picture of a family celebration with a border of branches and vines, conveying an atmosphere of good cheer and kindliness. Besides these nostalgic Christmas cards, the Principality of Liechtenstein’s postal museum in Vaduz has on display a representative cross-section of the entire Liechtenstein philately since the issuance of the first stamps in 1912.