Issue Date: 07/11/2017
Issue Name: Christmas 2017 Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our lovely Christmas 2017 miniature sheet cover features Royal Mail's Madonna and Child new issue miniature sheet, and has 'Christmas 2017' in gold blocking on the front of the cover, along with our Canterbury postmark (7th November, 2017).
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night.
The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, described in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies; when Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then spread the message furthermore.
Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by the vast majority of Christians, as well as culturally by a number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups reject the celebration. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on December 24th has the main focus rather than December 25th, with gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family.
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The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis is the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.