What? No Christmas stamps??

This weekend, as F is away for the whole weekend (working), one of the plans is to write Christmas Cards.

I know, it seems too early but I want to be ahead this year rather than rushing at the last minute. Also because it means that, should I not have enough cards, I can ask F to get a few more.

There’s only one, slight, problem.

Every year, as those of you who are regular visitors will know, I get hold of the Italian Christmas stamps for that year. They only ever produce two, one religious and one not. I normally select the non-religious stamp and make up any difference with other stamps.

This year, unfortunately, I may not be able to get stamps from my usual source so I thought I would try to order from the local (to work) post office. Obviously, in the UK, this is easy and really not a problem. Here, in Italy, it may be more difficult. First, I will have to convince the staff that I need to order them and then they will have to actually make the order. Being Italy, this might involve a lot of paperwork and, therefore, the staff are likely to be unsupportive towards me. The last time I went to the post office, to send a card to a friend, they simply wouldn’t let me send it recorded delivery and, unlike me, I gave up on trying to persuade them. Every Christmas, sending cards and presents is always met with some unexpected new problem (using exactly the same two women at the post office!)

But there’s also a “new” snag. The snag is that, on the posteitaliane website, there are no Christmas stamps yet! Every year (except one), the Christmas stamps are shown by now with a date of release (usually October). Only one year was the release later in November.

So, I’m a little worried that my traditional card sending with the Italian Christmas stamp won’t happen this year.

We shall see, I guess. I will contact my usual source, just in case there is something I can do. I’ll let you know.

6 thoughts on “What? No Christmas stamps??

  1. Hi Andy I/we are getting our cards in order to write and address and apply festive stickers. My injured hand is also my writing hand (left) so Skipp is going to be the writer. . I did make a note of Christmas wishes and cheer to copy and put in the cards to ease his amount of writing. I hope to make it fun, we can write and address our cards while enjoying a nice red-zinfandel and some music of the season as a spirited enhancer.
    Now, about your stamps dilemma. Perhaps yo could get all your cards written and ready to go and then get your special stamps when they are available.
    Happy carding –
    Love you

    • I’m sure you’ll have a great time doing the cards – together. A first, perhaps?
      Yes, you’re right. Pietro has told me they will be out in December.

    • It’s not really an Italian thing, is it?
      If you send me your address, I’ll send you one :-)
      They’re British cards, of course, but I hope they’ll have an Italian stamp :-D :-D

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