A Christmassy vote

What should the 2018 Christmas stamps look like? In a survey in November 2017, Swiss Post asked its customers which motifs they would like to see on this year’s stamps. Three chosen designers were given a brief based on the results.

The resulting drafts were put before the public in an online vote, and the winning design was a photograph. Its author Martin Mägli later provided three additional motifs, all of which depict buildings in a winter wonderland, photographed in the “blue hour”, shortly before nightfall.

0.85 – Bottmingen Water Castle
The castle in Bottmingen in the Canton of Basel-Land, built in the 13th century, is now used as a restaurant and venue for banquets, weddings and other celebratory events.

1.00 – Kandersteg Church
Located at the bottom of the Kander ­Valley, Kandersteg is the starting point for the Lötschberg car train on the Berne side. This Catholic church was consecrated in 1927.

1.50 – Bedretto Village
The picturesque municipality at the foot of the Nufenen pass in Ticino was added to the list of local landscapes of national importance by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

2.00 – Saint-Ursanne Bridge
The small town of Saint-Ursanne can be found in the Pruntrut district in the north-west tip of Switzerland. The stone bridge with four arches over the Doubs river was built in 1728.

Jürg Freudiger

Bethlehem special post office

Date: 11 to 14 December 2018

Place: Bethlehem special post office, “im Tscharni” cafe and community center, Waldmannstrasse 17, 3027 Berne

Getting there: Tram no. 8 to the Tscharnergut stop

Opening times:
Tuesday, 11.12.2018, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 12.12.2018, 9 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 13.12.2018, 9 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 14.12.2018, 9 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A letter box will also be set up from 11 December (1 p.m.) to 14 December (5 p.m.). Letter mail items that have been sent and franked with valid postage stamps will also be cancelled. Please note the applicable face values – also for registered mail.

They must be sent with a franked envelope to the following address by 13 December 2018 at the latest: PostNetz, Retail Logistics, Cancellation service, “Bethlehem”, Werkstrasse 41, 3250 Lyss.

A franked envelope addressed to yourself must be enclosed for the return of unaddressed items for cancellation. Thank you.