Published on November 8th, 2013 | by admin

The Christmas Season Has Officially Begun!

The clocks have changed, the shops are full of festive cheer and now Royal Mail has unveiled its 1st and 2nd class Christmas stamps. So now we think the festive season really is well and truly in full swing!

The range of Royal Mail Christmas stamps went on sale this week and for only the third time in the company’s history some of the designs for Christmas have been created by children.

The competition was fierce! Children aged four to 11 vied for the prestigious accolade of having their creations featured on the festive stamps which will be seen and used by millions of us as we prepare to send all our Christmas cards and parcels this year.

And based on the last few years, The Royal Mail expects to handle around a staggering 700 million Christmas cards and 40 million parcels from internet shoppers!

Challenging children to use their creative flair responding to the question: What does the Christmas season mean to you? Answers in the form of a picture were received from an impressive 240,000 entries from which the two winners were chosen.

The first class stamp shows Father Christmas drawn by seven-year-old Molly Robson, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School in Horsham, West Sussex, while the second class stamp features three singing angels, designed by 10-year-old Rosie Hargreaves, who attends Ermington Primary School in Ivybridge, Devon.

The two winning designs were unveiled at a ceremony in Clarence House where Rosie and Molly met the Prince of Wales who led the judging panel.

As well as admiring these works of art, it’s reminded us to note the last recommended posting dates to ensure all those gifts and cards to friends and family reach their destination in time for the big day this year:

  • 2nd Class – Wednesday 18 December
  • 1st Class – Friday 20 December
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed – Monday 23 December

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