Christmas

2001 Leyendecker stamp
March 23, 1874

Birth of J.C. Leyendecker

Illustrator Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born on March 23, 1874, in Montabaur, Rhine Province, German Empire. He was one of the most popular and recognized illustrators of his day – popularizing the images of Baby New Year, Santa Claus, and more.

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 US #2363 – from the 1987 Steam Locomotives Issue
December 25, 1830

First Run of the Best Friend of Charleston

On December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston completed its first run.

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 US #2585 was one of five Santa stamps issued in 1991.
December 24, 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time. 

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2003 Gibraltar Christmas stamps featuring the Peanuts
December 9, 1965

Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas

On December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television.

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 Berlin #9NB220 – 1984 Berlin stamp picturing Saint Nicholas
December 6, 343

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas of Myra died on December 6, 343.  This date has long been celebrated as Saint Nicholas Day or the Fest of Saint Nicholas.

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 US #2152 was based on a photo of US troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.
November 27, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir 

On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.

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 US #1321 – The original painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
November 1, 1966

First Traditional Christmas Stamp 

On November 1, 1966, the US Post Office issued its first Traditional Christmas stamp, picturing the Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling.

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 US #1421-22 were issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the DAV.
September 25, 1920

Disabled American Veterans

On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was officially established at a national social welfare organization.

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 US #3669 pictures Berlin with the score of “God Bless America.”
September 22, 1989

Death of Irving Berlin 

On September 22, 1989, legendary composer Irving Berlin died in New York City at the age of 101.

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