To celebrate 40 years of postal independence the Isle of Man sent out this Christmas card with a selection of the stamps they have issued over those decades. They look quite wonderful seen as a whole (the message on the card is Manx for Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year). Now what if you had to choose six stamps from all the Christmas stamps issued over the years?
Well that is what they did for this year's issue of Manx stamps of the past.
The stamps feature today's postage, at the time of the 1990 stamp of a girl posting a letter it was 14p as opposed to 40p (which is still a whole lot less than GB postage). The original set featured children doing Christmassy things in the snow. They have cropped the original design which also featured a boy whizzing past on a toboggan on the road below the girl. The 40p is from the 1991 'Paper Sculptures' set. The 73p set of 2005 featured stained glass windows from Manx churches. The always popular robin is one of 1988's Manx Birds. The church featured on the 119p is St Catherine, Port Erin from the 1995 set which sounds delightful as it included hedgehogs, robins and churches. Lastly we have one of the many Christmas Trees featured on the 2006 stamp set.