Christmas Stamp 2012: the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt

The dramatic story of the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt has been depicted in art and music for centuries, and now it is featured on the USPS 2012 Holy Family stamp.

“To me, this beautiful piece of contemporary art is an important part of the joyful and miraculous story of hope and salvation that we celebrate each Christmas season,” said U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors member Louis J. Giuliano.

“We are proud that this stamp will decorate millions of greeting cards, letters and packages this year,” said Giuliano. “Cards may carry seasonal messages inside but season’s greetings really begin on the outside — with stamps.”

Working together, art director William Gicker, designer Greg Breeding, and artist Nancy Stahl have created a new image of the Holy Family. Usually associated with the Flight into Egypt — part of the traditional Nativity story — the scene on the stamp shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and the infant Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky.

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