ABOVE: The presentation pack for the Christmas 2012 issue,
showing the seven stamps

This year’s Christmas stamps, to be released on November 6, will feature festive scenes by Axel Scheffler, the German book illustrator best known for the children’s classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.

Values of 87p, £1.28 and £1.90 will join the 2nd class, 2nd Large, 1st class and 1st Large stamps in a set of seven.