Tuesday, December 24, 2013

1897 "Yes, Virginia" Santa Claus Letter | Roadshow Archive | PBS

On this Christmas Eve, it's interesting to see a 1997 Antiques Roadshow appraisal of the original letter that Virginia O'Hanlon wrote to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. The letter spurred a response that has become beloved by Santa Claus fans everywhere. The link below has a video of the appraisal, as well as photos of the original letter.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Forever" Stamps Mean More Holiday Postage Choices

In the "old days," those who send holiday cards were limited to a couple of new stamp designs each year. Often, because postage prices changed or supplies ran out, stamps from previous years were not available. If you didn't like the current year's stamps, you were out of luck.

But, the Forever stamp has changed that, it seems! This year's selection of holiday postage includes so many designs, it's difficult to choose one!

Those sending Christmas cards can choose from this year's Gingerbread Houses, Poinsettias or Virgin and Child stamps. But, also available are last year's Santa and Sleigh or the Holy Family stamps. Additionally, you can still get the 2011 Holiday Baubles and the Madonna of the Candelabra stamps.

This year there are two Kwanzaa stamps, two Hannaukah stamps and two Eid stamps, as well.

Wishing you a happy holiday and a safe and warm winter!

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