Monday, November 19, 2012

Stamping A Kiwi Feel On Xmas

NZ Post has launched its 2012 Christmas stamps, adding a unique koiwoi touch to a traditional theme.
The nativity scenes are bordered with Pohutakawa flower motif (the Pohutakawa tree is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree as its red flowers bloom in the festive season).
Each of the five Xmas stamps tells part of the Nativity story:
70c - Mary and Joseph with the newborn baby Jesus.
$1.40 - the shepherds who were tending their flocks nearby.
$1.90 - the angel who shared the news of Jesus's birth.
$2.40 and $2.90 - the three wise men travelling to worship Jesus, and presenting him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

...meanwhile, NZ is stuck on Middle-earth once again, with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. NZ Post's set of six stamps features key characters from the film:
70c - Bilbo Baggins: Bilbo's comfortable life changes forever when he is unexpectedly swept away on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
$1.40 - Gollum: Once a hobbit-like creature named Sméagol, Gollum's body and soul have been poisoned by the power of a small plain gold ring he's kept hidden deep in a dark cavern.
$1.90 - Gandalf: One of the most powerful Wizards in all Middle-earth, Gandalf the Grey joins the quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from a fire-breathing dragon, Smaug the Terrible.
$2.10 - Thorin Oakenshield: A strong, fearless fighter and respected leader of The Company of Dwarves.
$2.40 - Radagast: Forgetful, easily distracted and quite eccentric, Radagast is a fellow Wizard and friend of Gandalf the Grey.
$2.90 - Elrond: One of the wisest and most ancient of the Elves remaining in Middle-earth, Elrond is Master of Rivendell.
Lick 'em and stick 'em, folks!
PS: 24 Nov.2012 - The Hobbit jet is revealed!

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