New stamp issue celebrates Christmas in Cayman

| 14/11/2017

CNS Local Life(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands Postal Service has issued a colourful set of seasonal stamps for Christmas. The set of four stamps and a first day cover showcase local Christmas traditions featuring the decorations put up each year by the Bodden sisters on South Church Street and by the Crighton family at their home on Shamrock Road in Spotts.

At Christmas time, both families turn their homes into twinkling wonderlands, which over the years have become a must-see seasonal tradition for thousands of residents and tourists alike, stated a government press release. The stamps pay tribute to them and all the other decorators on the three islands who celebrate the Christmas spirit with exhibitions of holiday decorations and lights.

Available in stamp denominations of 25¢, 75¢, 80¢ and $1, the Cayman Islands Christmas 2017 issue features images by Carmin Godfrey.

The 25¢ stamp depicts a nativity scene at the home of Maxine and Maureen Bodden. The 75¢ stamp celebrates many versions of Santa, depicted in a decoration at the Crighton home. The 80¢ stamp portrays a scene on location at the Bodden home that showcases the popular carollers who go all round the island every year. The $1 stamp shows Santa and his elves in the snow as seen in a Crighton home display. The stamp also highlights the tradition, dating to the 1970s, of the Crightons decorating their yard.

The official first day cover, which costs $3.60, also features a display of lights at the centre of the Crighton home.

Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow said of the issue, “The Postal Service sincerely thanks Ms Godfrey for providing us with these beautiful scenes. We have captured them on what I hope will become a cherished stamp issue that hails the Christmas spirit and celebrations in our islands.

“I am delighted to commend this stamp issue to the general public, to stamp lovers, first day cover enthusiasts and collectors everywhere.”

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