I'm always excited about the stamp catalog, but this particular issue was especially fun for me. The cover features an image from the new "Santa and Sleigh" holiday stamp that will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service on Oct. 11.
But, the story goes further than that. You see, it's not just that it's about stamps. It's not that it has Santa on the cover. It's that Santa has green gloves on. (Technically, they're green mittens, but I always say "green gloves," for the sake of the alliteration, I guess.) I have maintained for many years now that the real Santa wears green gloves.
And, now, the U.S. Postal Service agrees and has an image of Santa wearing green gloves on an official stamp. It's almost like the scene from the original "Miracle on 34th Street"!
http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/holidaynews/2011/santa.htm . You can buy the stamps in booklets of 20 stamps or in any of the other usual collectible versions (first day covers, uncut press sheets, ceremony programs, etc.
The USPS also is selling the traditional 2012 White House Christmas Ornament. But, this year, there's also a "Letters to Santa" Ornament, featuring the scene on the stamp set. I'm thinking I may add that to my wish list this year!