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Which country issued the first Christmas postage stamp in 1937?

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Austria issued two different "Christmas greeting stamp" designs in 1937. However, there is some debate as to whether this is actually the first Christmas stamp.

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Which country issued the first Christmas postage stamp in 1937?
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The Austrian stamp designs both have an image of a rose in a vase at the center bordered by the 12 zodiac signs on either side. The smaller denomination stamps (12 groschen) have a green color, however, while the larger denomination (24 groschen) is red. There is some debate that a stamp issued in 1898 by Canada that bears the inscription "Xmas 1898" is the first Christmas stamp, but the stamp does not otherwise have a Christmas theme other than the inscription.

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