A competition to design Christmas stamps will be launched on Saturday at the Airport Post Office. Organized for the islands’ young people, the theme of the competition is “What does Christmas in the Cayman Islands mean to you?” Participants may design an image that best depicts their answer to this question.
Entries will be received in three age groups: 8 and under; 9 to 13; and 14-18.
Another launch on Saturday is a “Write to Santa” initiative, with a form letter available to help children learn the art of writing a letter.
“We want our youth to connect with the Post Office,” Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow said. “The art of writing a letter is still very relevant even in this age of smart phones, tablets and emails.”
Both campaigns are in celebration of World Post Day, Oct. 9.
To further commemorate the occasion, national athletes who competed at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, will be on hand to sign First Day Covers from that stamp series. All activities are scheduled for 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Christmas stamp design competition will be used for the 2015 Christmas issue. Winners will see their designs on 25c, 75c, 80c, $1 stamps, a First Day Cover design and possibly a souvenir sheet.
The rules are simple: use plenty of color and try not to leave too much (if any) white space; do not include the Queen’s head and the “1st” or “2nd” symbols in your design. Entries will not be returned. The deadline for entry is Dec. 15. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.caymanpost.gov.ky.
The winning designs will be on thousands of Christmas cards during the 2015 Christmas season for all to see. “This is a prize that is priceless,” Ms. Glasgow pointed out. “Stamps are miniature pictorials which travel all over the world and last for generations.”
There will also be additional prizes to be won for all entries.
Designs will be selected by the Stamp Advisory Committee, three local artists and the directors of national institutions, such as the National Gallery, National Cultural Foundation, National Museum and National Archive. The stamps will then have to be approved by Cabinet and finally by Queen Elizabeth II. Saturday’s “Write to Santa” campaign kick-off focuses on youngsters who may want to write the letter, address it and purchase the stamp on site.
Alternatively, they can visit the Airport Post Office another day or the downtown George Town Post Office or the Philatelic Bureau at the Seven Mile Beach Post Office to collect the form letter. It will also be available for downloading from the postal service website.
Children can address their letters to Santa to: Santa Workshop, Candy Cane Lane, Top of the World 1000NP, North Pole.
The winning designs will be on thousands of Christmas cards during the 2015 Christmas season for all to see.