1980 Christmas Stamp - 15 Cent Stained Glass MaryWhat a gorgeous stamp! This Christmas stamp from 1980 features the Virgin Mary sitting with baby Jesus on her lap. It is based on "Epiphany Window" - a stained glass window at the Washington Cathedral. The Epiphany is a Christian holiday that normally takes place on January 6th, and for many people it is the traditional day that they take down their Christmas decorations. It is - generally speaking - a celebration of recognizing that Jesus (the human boy) had God within him. Some religions take this to mean it's celebrating when the Magi came to see the baby Jesus, with the thought that they immediately saw God within this baby boy. Other religions use the same date to commemerate when Jesus was baptized, as this is when "most people" recognized that this young man was holding the spirit of God within him.
Some people are confused why this date is different than when Christ was born. Hopefully Mary and Joseph were alone when she was actually going through childbirth :) The three wise men showed up days later.
The stained glass iamge shows Mary in a blue dress, with a white cloak over her shoulders. The baby Jesus has a white cloth draped across him. There is a tan background. Both the mother and son have gold halos over their head, to represent their holy state. Beneath the image are the words Christmas USA 15c.
This is the Scott Catalogue #1842 Stamp.
This stamp is reasonably common, and a used stamp is worth about 60 cents.
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