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In pictures: Christmas stamps

First class stamp (Image: Royal Mail)

The 40th anniversary Christmas stamps show traditional seasonal images including this one of Father Christmas.

Second class stamp (Image: Royal Mail)

The designer of this year's Christmas stamps, including this snowman, is Japanese digital illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi.

The 72p stamp (Image: Royal Mail)

The Church of England has expressed regret at the lack of a Christian theme on this year's Christmas stamps.

The 119p stamp (Image: Royal Mail)

The Royal Mail says it alternates its designs every year between religious and non-religious images.

King James I and Bible from 1999's Christmas stamps (Image: Royal Mail)

An image of King James I and the Bible appeared on Christmas stamps in 1999.

One of the very first Christmas stamps from 1966 (Image: Royal Mail)

In 1966, the Royal Mail's first edition of Christmas stamps showed a series of pictures painted by children.

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