5¢ Christmas Issue
Issue Date: November 9, 1964
City: Bethlehem, PA
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Black, green, and carmine
This third U.S. Christmas issue was unique in that it was the first time the Post Office had printed more than one stamp design on one sheet. Each block of four contains four different illustrations that were issued attached or "se-tenant." The first, mistletoe, symbolizes peace, according to ancient tradition. Holly symbolizes the thorns placed upon Christ's head. The use of evergreens for trees and wreaths is depicted. The poinsettia is the traditional Christmas flower.