16 Dec

The USPS the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE launched Christmas 2012 75 days out by debuting its religious FOREVER stamp in the Bethlehem Chapel at the Washington National Cathedral. The USPS launches a secular Christmas stamp and a religious Christmas stamp. The 2012 holiday Forever Stamp of the Holy Family celebrates Christmas with a scene from the Nativity story of a family brought together in joy with the birth of their baby Jesus. The scene on the stamp shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and the infant Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky heading off in flight into Egypt. The “Epiphany Window” in the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel was featured in the Postal Service’s 1980 traditional Madonna and Child stamp issue. Art director William J. Gicker, designer Greg Breeding, and artist Nancy Stahl created the image of the Holy Family.  News Anchor NBC4 Doreen Gentzler mc’d. Louis J. Giuliano, member, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service spoke. Both Giuliano and his secretary arrived in individual chauffeur driven limousines. The Very Reverend Gary R. Hall, dean, Washington National Cathedral and Canon Kathleen A. Cox, executive director, Washington National Cathedral addressed attendees. The Cathedral Girls Choir accompanied by a harpist entertained.


With an annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivering nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail, the US Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations providing service to 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The USPS is the most visited website in the federal government, usps.com. Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service in 2011 the number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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