Happy Holidays!


Familiar Duo Greets Rose Hill Customers

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Rose Hill, KS, Retail Associate Betti Knoll with her creation.

When the Postal Service issued the new Charlie Brown Christmas Forever Stamp series in October, fans of the iconic characters gained the opportunity to send mailings with their favorite members of the Peanuts gang. With the efforts of one employee at the Rose Hill, KS, Post Office, customers also enjoyed a more 3-dimensional version of a familiar object and characters in the series.

Retail Associate Betti Knoll created a cheerfully illuminated dog house that Snoopy and his pal Woodstock can call home during the holidays. The popular pair will provide an extra measure of good cheer for Rose Hill customers as they send their festive mailings.

Customers visiting the lobby can also view the stamp series, a shirt similar to the one worn by Charlie Brown, and a dog bowl filled with treats for Snoopy inside a display case.

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Seasons Greeting from the Peanuts Gang

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During the holidays this year, the Peanuts gang is making an appearance on cards and letters across the country. In addition to lifting the spirits of those who receive these special items, the characters of the famous cartoon strip are also greeting customers at the Post Office.

Strafford, MO, Postmaster Bobbi Haden and her team decorated the windows of their office with Peanuts characters. While the display is a festive treat for customers, this isn’t the first time Strafford’s windows have bestowed colorful creations. In 2014, the team displayed iconic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer characters to the delight of customers.

“We get in the spirit for the holidays in Strafford,” said Haden. “The windows have drawn a lot of attention.”

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Take a Picture of Charlie Brown Characters

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The Postal Service invites America to share in a series of holiday-themed augmented reality (AR) experiences that bring the nation’s 160,000 blue Post Office collection boxes to life via smartphones. The invitation is part of a mailing that provides information on exciting postal products, services and key mailing dates to make this the most convenient holiday mailing season ever.

The Peanuts photo opportunity debuts November 23-25 and appears again in mid-December as part of the Postal Service’s rotating “Mailbox Miracle” experiences that runs until December 28. Also, the 50th anniversary of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special, from which the stamps are based, airs Monday, November 30, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Prior to that, at 8 p.m., a one-hour retrospective special featuring numerous music performers airs.

The ‘Mailbox Miracle’ Experiences

To experience the magic of the Peanuts gang, download the Postal Service’s AR app at Google Play or iTunes App Store. Open the app and point your phone’s camera at the USPS blue eagle logo on one of nearly 160,000 blue mail collection boxes between November 23 and November 25, and again December 14 through December 17, to see Charlie Brown characters surround Postal Service blue collection boxes. You can also take a photo with the Peanuts gang to save on your camera phone or share on social media.

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new experiences every few days.

Customers accessing usps.com can find blue collection boxes near their current location by visiting this link and clicking the “Post Offices and Approved Postal Providers” icon. Scroll down to collection boxes and then enter a ZIP Code or address.

Charlie Brown Dazzles Kids

During A Charlie Brown Christmas stamp event at the Postal History Foundation in Tucson, AZ, third grade children from the Academy of Tucson Elementary school had the chance to visit images of their favorite Peanuts characters on postage stamps.

From Charlie and Lucy, to Linus and Snoopy, the colorful characters dazzled the youngsters who also enjoyed the chance to use one of the special Forever stamps on an envelope they decorated.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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On December 9, 1965, millions of Americans learned what Christmas is all about. That evening, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first animated special featuring characters from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip Peanuts, aired on CBS. Over the years, watching the understated ode to the holiday season has become an annual tradition for many families. The program now airs every year on ABC.

This booklet of 20 stamps features 10 still frames from A Charlie Brown Christmas (two of each design). They include: Charlie Brown holding the sapling that eventually becomes his Christmas tree, Charlie Brown and Pigpen with a snowman, Snoopy and children ice skating, the cast of the program gathering around the Christmas tree, Linus kneeling by the sparsely decorated Christmas tree, Charlie Brown checking his mailbox for a Christmas card, Charlie Brown and Linus leaning on a snowy brick wall, Charlie Brown and Linus standing by the tree, a frustrated Charlie Brown standing in front of Snoopy’s doghouse, and Charlie Brown decorating the tree in front of the prize-winning lights display on Snoopy’s doghouse.

The stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

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