28 April 2022

X is for Xmas

   I am participating in the April AtoZ Blogging challenge and my theme is Plants featured on Indian Stamps. This is my eight attempt at the AtoZ and the focus is on plants. 

My theme is inspired by an online talk by Daniel L Nikrent of Cornell University, USA held by Maharashtra Vriksha Samvardhini about Parasitic Flowering Plants featured on Stamps

I am not a stamp collector nor a fan of stamps. Hence almost all my posts are purely based on research on the internet. I have tried to cross check the info before posting here. Please do share correct info and links to the same in case of discrepancy. 

India Post has a very strong network reaching deep deep into the interiors of the country and I depended on it for news from home when we were posted in far away places.  In this age of smartphones, Internet, how many of us really write letters - snail mail as they are now called? Despite this , I find that new stamps are being issued and we have stamps on diverse topics including Armed Forces, Films, Personalities, Wildlife, Handlooms, Handicrafts and so on.. It is amazing!

X . This alphabet has again been a bit of a stretch but I am sure you will love this stamp. And the tree! 


Xmas is a much loved festival all around the world. I love the Xmas trees and in fact we visited the US in winter 2021, just to see the lovely decorations and celebrations. 

Fir (Genus Abies), Spruce (Genus Picea) and Pine (Genus Pinus) are common conifers used as Xmas trees. This article describes some popular species used.

Here are some of the wonderful trees we saw.

At the Myrtle Beach airport

At Washington Dulles Airport

At Home
Here in India as well, Christmas celebrations are seen across the country with special decorations being put up in hotels, restaurants and markets. Special cakes and puddings and cookies are on sale. 

So its but natural to find this beautiful festival represented on our stamp. India Post's Season GreetingsIndia Post's Season Greetings stamp with a decorated Xmas tree was issued in 2016 of denomination 10 INR. 

Post of India, GODL-India <https://data.gov.in/sites/default/files/Gazette_Notification_OGDL.pdf>, via Wikimedia Commons

The India Postage Stamps website  has a complete catalogue of stamps. Please click the link to see many many wonderful stamps.

Colnect is a comprehensive portal for Stamp collectors. It gives detailed information about every listed stamp.  Click here for detailed info about Stamps - what is a stamp, types, formats, water marks, perforations and much more.  

We meet tomorrow for yet another beautiful plant and its stamp!
You can catch up with my previous posts here

Till then, Take Care and Stay Happy!  


  1. I love those well decorated Christmas trees. They just enliven our spirits. Have never seen that X mas tree stamp though. So thanks for sharing that Archana!

  2. Oh it feels like a holiday now :) now that we are almost at end...ur post adds to the joy of finishing the challenge! Merry X day to u :)

    Dropping by from a to z "The Pensive"

  3. I love Christmas and I love mail, so Christmas tree postage stamps are right up my alley!

    One thing I love about Christmas is the lights. Literally lighting up the darkest time of year, Christmas lights make a dark season bright.

  4. @Mrs Fever Yes indeed. I loved all the Christmas lights that we saw. Thanks for stopping by!


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