Tokelau Kilihimahi 2015

This merry illustrated Christmas stamp issue shows that you don’t have to have a white Christmas to feel festive. 

Issue information

The word ‘Christmas’ tends to conjure images of snow, pine trees and jolly old Santa Claus dressed in his red suit. However, this white Christmas aesthetic is only applicable to some of the Northern Hemisphere; Christmas in Tokelau brings warm weather, time at the beach and celebrations under pandanus trees.

45c - Tropical Snowman

With an average temperature of 30°C throughout December, snow in Tokelau at Christmas time is essentially impossible. In place of a traditional snowman, this stamp depicts a snowman made out of sand, all decked up and ready for a festive and summery Tokelau Christmas.

$1.40 - Christmas Tree

The pandanus tree thrives in Tokelau’s warmer climate and its leaves and bark are central to Tokelauan crafts. This stamp shows a festive pandanus tree, decked with all the trimmings and with presents sitting underneath.

$2.00 - Sand Angels

Making snow angels is a classic winter activity in countries that experience snow during the festive season. But with no snow in Tokelau, the reindeer on this stamp is merrily making do with sand right by the ocean.

$3.00 - Santa

When visiting the warmer climates of the world, Santa’s traditional red suit would be far too warm to wear in Tokelau. Here, Santa has swapped his suit for a far more summery ensemble and is enjoying the beautiful weather that Tokelau has to offer.

 

Festive collectables for your Tokelau stamp collection

Included in this playful stamp issue is a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. Perfect as an addition to your island stamp collection or as a stocking stuffer, these fun collectables are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
 

Technical information

Date of issue: 25 November 2015
Number of stamps: Set of four gummed stamps
Denominations: 45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00
Stamps and first day covers designed by:  Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand.
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 24 November 2016.