The annual U.S.P.S. holiday issues are now available. The Christian religous issue this year is a photographic stamp, and not the traditional reproduction of an old master painting. I'm still unsure as to how I feel about it. The more secular Santa issue is cutesy without being too cutesy. I like that the stamps can work together very well as a conjoined unit, but don't loose anything when you use them singly. All-in-all, I find them both rather boring and I'm disappointed in the lack of a Hanukka or other celebratory stamp. There isn't even a non-Santa "secular" issue. Lucky for me that 2011's Eid stamps are still available, as well as the baubles. Perhaps this is the downside of the forever stamp- less designs in the long run.