During the Christmas holidays, the humble birth of the baby Jesus is depicted in Nativity scenes that are often the centerpiece of many church and family devotions.
The stamp art features a peaceful yet powerful image of the Holy Family silhouetted against a dawn sky. The baby Jesus lies in a straw-filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right and Joseph standing to the left, holding a lantern. A bright star shines over the scene.
The Gospel of Luke relates how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to register for the census decreed by the Roman emperor. The Gospel says: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
That simple description has been an inspiration for artists since at least the fourth century. In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi is believed to have created the first créche. Derived from an Old French word for “manger” or “crib,” créche came to signify a representation of the Nativity scene. Since then, créches have ranged in style from simple sets holding only the Holy Family to elaborate, life-size panoramas that might include shepherds, the Three Wise Men, animals, angels, or the Star of Bethlehem. As the tradition spread to other areas of the world, the créches came to reflect local cultures, with figures in native costume surrounded by animals familiar to the créche maker-a Kenyan elephant, a Navajo skunk, or a Peruvian llama, for example.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.
Nativity is being issued in booklets of 20 Forever® stamps. This Forever® stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
SKUs featured on this page: 681204
The Postal Store® ships all in-stock orders with USPS Tracking™. Please allow 5 - 7 business days for in-stock items to be shipped.
The Postal Store® cannot accept orders for shipment outside the United States, but we do ship to APO/FPO/DPO addresses and U.S. territories. Learn More
Stamp and Philatelic Orders
All stamp and philatelic orders are charged a $1.25 Handling Fee on domestic orders of up to $50.00, and $1.75 if the order is greater than $50. These fixed handling fees apply to only the portion of the order total that is stamp and philatelic products.
Personalized Stamped Stationery
All Personalized Stamped Stationery products are charged a flat Priority Mail rate depending on how many boxes are ordered as specified in the PSE Shipping Charges table, and should be shipped within 5-7 business days.
Free Shipping Supplies
Free shipping supplies are mailed Standard Post™ and are shipped within 3-5 business days. For your convenience all orders will contain a carrier release endorsement "Leave if No Response". This will allow your postal carrier to leave your expedited packaging supply order if you are not available to receive the delivery.
Expedited Shipping Supplies
If your local Post Office is unable to fulfill your order of Expedited Shipping Supplies within 1-2 business days, your order will be fulfilled by our distribution center within 3-5 business days.
All Other Products
All other products except free shipping supplies are charged standard Priority Mail fees based on weight of the item and shipping address ZIP Code™.
Pre- or Back-ordered Items
If your order contains pre- or back-ordered items, all in-stock products will ship within 5-7 business days and any pre- or back-ordered items will ship separately as they become available.