Call me old-fashioned, but I love choosing stationery and note cards, penning hand-written letters and notes, and embellishing them with a beautiful postage stamp.
I collected stamps as a kid, and they’ve never lost their appeal.
The stamps the U.S. Postal Service just issued are beauties: a quartet of indoor winter flowers — amaryllis, cyclamen, paperwhites and Christmas cactus — that are Forever stamps.
Artist William Low reportedly photographed the flowers at their peak, then created digital paintings of them.
I’m no longer a philatelist (I just collect stamps to share as I use them), but if you are, you can get first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers through usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724800-782-6724.
You also can try the Post Office, but I might just try to corner the market and hoard them for this year’s Christmas cards.