Ottawa, ON. (Dec 3, 2019) – For more than five decades, Canadians have enjoyed the opportunity to dress up their December holiday mail with festive stamps. This year, Canada Post continues the tradition – and mailers can choose stamps depicting a variety of seasonal imagery.


One Christmas issue, designed by Vancouver’s Subplot Design Inc., focuses on the story of the Magi, the wise men from the East who are said to have followed a brilliant star to Bethlehem, bearing gifts for a newborn king.


The Gospel According to Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, recounts the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem, after they followed a star that heralded the birth of a king. Our latest Christmas issue celebrates their long journey, their discovery of the infant Jesus, their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and their deep belief in the importance of his birth.


Created by Liz Wurzinger and Timothy King at Subplot Design Inc. and illustrated by Michael Little, the stamp is a simple two-colour design. The look is echoed on the Official First Day Cover, which features the shepherds from the Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke. The cover’s cancel location – King City, Ontario – is an allusion to the Magi, who are also known as the Three Kings or Wise Men.


“Michael’s skill was essential to finding the right balance between fine detail and the larger picture,” explains Liz Wurzinger. “This stamp captures the essence of the journey – one that anticipates the wonder, awe and expectation of the Christmas season.”


“We are thrilled to work on our first Christmas stamp with Canada Post”, adds Wurzinger.” And we are looking forward to sending out our own Christmas cards with a stamp we have designed!”



All products are available for purchase at selected Canada Post offices and online here.




Creative Credits

Creative Concept & Implementation: Subplot Design Inc.
Designer: Liz Wurzinger, Tim King
Creative Directors: Roy White, Matthew Clark
Illustration: Michael Little
​Client: Canada Post Corporation
Printer: Lowe-Martin