USPS: Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa . . . and Gingerbread House

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 02:22 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The U.S. Postal Service is marking the holiday season with a mailer that shows stamps for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — with no reference to Christmas.

The first stamp features a lit menorah with the word Hanukkah in large letters. The second shows a family with their arms forming a circle around seven candles — knows as the "mishumaa saba" — and the word Kwanzaa in even larger letters

But the third stamp shows a sad little gingerbread house and no wording at all.

One Twitter user was outraged:

She followed that tweet, with another comment, "What happened to Christmas," following it with "Oh yeah, because Christians celebrate the Holy Day of Gingerbread House, seriously? This is awful" and "I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very merry Gingerbread House."

She also changed her user name "Merry Gingerbread," and continued to argue with other users that while the USPS does offer Christmas-themed stamps with religious images,  her beef was with the mailer and the way it omitted any use of the word Christmas or any religious images.

Several other Twitter users agreed that the ad should not have omitted Christmas.

The Postal Service Christmas stamps, which were not shown in the mailer, include depictions of the Holy Family, along with two different depictions of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.

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