Christ-free stamps irk C of E

2006-11-06 22:49
London - The Church of England sent a message of annoyance to the Royal Mail on Monday about this year's Christmas stamps, which feature festive fun rather than a Christian theme.

Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer and a Christmas tree surrounded by presents appear on the 2006 collection, which goes on sale on Tuesday.

The church delivered a note of "regret" at the lack of reference to the birth of Jesus Christ, while the Royal Mail said they alternated each year between religious and non-religious themes.

Last year's set included a controversial image of a couple with Hindu markings worshipping Jesus.

"It is about celebrating all elements of Christmas," said a spokesperson for Royal Mail.

Stamps designed digitally

"It is something that we have always done.

"I think people will see this year's issue of stamps as a 'first-class' set of Christmas stamps."

The Royal Mail's 40th collection of festive stamps was designed by Japanese digital illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi, who used layers of transparent colour to build up the images.

The Royal Mail boasts: "These stamps will make your Christmas post sparkle with festive spirit, putting a smile on your friend's and family's faces."

But, perhaps not at the general synod...

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