Royal mail christmas delivery: Royal Mail Announce Latest Recommended Postal Dates For Christmas Delivery 2021


Royal Mail Announce Latest Recommended Postal Dates For Christmas Delivery 2021

Royal Mail is doing its best to keep eCommerce sellers prepared for Christmas 2021 by announcing early what their recommended latest days for delivery in time for Christmas will be.

In previous years the term ‘For Guaranteed Christmas Delivery’ has been used however this year and understandably so, such language is not present. Whilst in the UK everything feels like it’s business as usual and things are returning to normal, there is still skepticism around the ongoing global shipping challenges as well as the potential for a resurgence of Covid-19.

You can see a full table of the services and the latest recommended postal dates below, but it is worth noting that these dates are subject to change due to the aforementioned challenges that could arise. We will do our best here at eSeller365 to keep you up to date with any changes in service level changes or interruptions announced by Royal Mail.

Royal Mail Latest Recommended Postal Dates For Christmas 2021

International Economy
Monday 13 SeptemberAll non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle, and Far East, USA)
Friday 15 OctoberMiddle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa
Monday 1 NovemberCanada and USA
Friday 26 NovemberCyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey
Monday 29 NovemberWestern Europe
International Standard and International Tracking and Signature Services
Wednesday 1 DecemberCaribbean
Monday 6 DecemberAustralia and New Zealand
Wednesday 8 DecemberAfrica, Central, and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East
Friday 10 DecemberCyprus and Malta
Saturday 11 DecemberGreece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia), Turkey
Monday 13 DecemberCanada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Thursday 16 DecemberAustria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 18 DecemberBelgium, France, Luxembourg
UK Inland Services
Friday 17 DecemberRoyal Mail Bulk Mail Economy
Saturday 18 December2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For, Royal Mail 48®
Tuesday 21 December1st Class, 1st Class Signed For, Royal Mail 24®, Royal Mail Tracked 48®
Wednesday 22 DecemberRoyal Mail Tracked 24®
Thursday 23 DecemberSpecial Delivery Guaranteed®

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Christmas delivery ‘chaos’ as Covid restrictions spark Royal Mail surge & Brits ‘running out of time’ to post presents

FAMILES are being urged to post Christmas presents early amid concern online shopping and Covid restrictions will cause delivery chaos.

Warnings have been sounded that the surge in demand means that people are running out of time to make sure presents get to their loved ones.

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Time is running out to post cards and presents this ChristmasCredit: PA:Press Association

The Royal Mail has said the last UK posting dates are December 18 for 2nd class mail and December 21 for 1st class while for Special Delivery, it is December 23.

The company is running the usual “Shop Early, Send Early for Christmas” campaign to encourage people to spread the load of mail that has been used for over a century.

But this year Royal Mail is expecting this year to “outstrip prior years’ festive peaks”, having already seen a 34 per cent increase in parcel volumes between April and August.

Despite the rules allowing three households to be able to meet up inside for five days over Christmas, many people will still rely on the delivery services to send cards and presents.


Royal Mail is expecting a surge in demand this yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Consumer rights expert Martyn James told the Telegraph: “There is going to be a mad panic next week and before we know it time will have run out.

“People should post letters and cards sooner rather than later.

“We are also on course for an unprecedented volume of parcels being sent, partly because people have had to order many gifts online and partly because of coronavirus restrictions on seeing people over Christmas.

“People have instead had to resort to sending goods directly to family members or friends and there will be millions more parcels than usual.”

He urged consumers to check delivery times as “one of the big areas of concern” is “people panic and bang through orders without necessarily reading all the small print”.

One click ordering offered by stores like Amazon makes life easier but “if you haven’t looked properly or scrawled right down to the bottom of the page then you might not realise” what the estimated delivery date is.

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Blog > Christmas Last Posting Dates 2021 – Royal Mail

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Be prepared for the Christmas rush this year, and make sure your customers know when your last ordering and shipping dates are.

To help you on your way we’ve compiled a handy guide to Royal Mail’s last posting dates for 2021 to ensure your customers get their deliveries before Christmas.

If you haven’t already, why not add these dates to your website? Knowing when they can expect to receive their goods from you can help customers make informed buying decisions and can help save you time responding to queries.

UK Inland Services

  • Friday 17th December – Royal Mail Bulk Economy

  • Saturday 18th December – 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For

  • Tuesday 21st December – 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For

  • Saturday 18th December – Royal Mail Tracked 48®

  • Tuesday 21st December – Royal Mail Tracked 48® (Not available for purchase in post office branches – Print Postage Online)

  • Tuesday 21st December – Royal Mail Tracked 24®

  • Wednesday 22nd December – Royal Mail Tracked 24® (Not available for purchase in post office branches – Print Postage Online)

  • Thursday 23rd December – Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®


International HM Forces Mail


International Standard And All International Tracking And Signature Services

  • Wednesday 1st December – Caribbean

  • Monday 6th December – Australia, New Zealand

  • Wednesday 8th December – Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Far and Middle East

  • Friday 10th December – Cyprus, Malta

  • Saturday 11th December – Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

  • Monday 13th December – Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

  • Thursday 16th December – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

  • Saturday 18th December – Belgium, France, Luxembourg


International Economy

  • Monday 13th September- All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA )

  • Friday 15th October – Middle and Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa

  • Monday 1st November – Canada, USA

  • Friday 26th November – Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey

  • Monday 29th November – Western Europe

Please see the Royal Mail website for all information on their posting and deliveries over Christmas.

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Christmas parcels: the best deals for sending your gifts in the UK | Consumer affairs

With Christmas visits strictly limited this year, many of us are set to send parcels containing gifts to family and friends.

Traditionally this meant wandering down to the post office – and, at this time of the year, probably standing in a queue. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Royal Mail recently launched a parcel pickup service across the UK, so you don’t even need to leave the house to use its service. Or you can bypass it altogether: there are dozens of parcel delivery and courier firms out there, from household names to smaller players, and in some cases these will be significantly cheaper.

Some will be more convenient, too – for example, you may have the option of being able to drop off your parcel at your local corner shop, leave it in a nearby locker for collection or have a courier come and collect it.

Guardian Money carried out a price test this week (see below) and found that Royal Mail was often competitive but could be beaten in some cases by players such as the parcel locker provider InPost and the delivery company Hermes.

With many people having reluctantly decided that they won’t be seeing family members over the festive period, Royal Mail is saying that for parcel deliveries “this Christmas is expected to outstrip prior years’ festive peaks”.

It has shaken things up with its new Parcel Collect service, where postmen and postwomen can collect up to five parcels from your door for 72p each in addition to normal postage costs. The service operates Monday to Saturday and can be booked up to midnight the day before. Customers first need to pay the correct postage online, input the recipient and sender details, and print out a pre-paid label. There is a maximum size and weight.

Which firm?

Martin Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert website says there are a huge number of variables when it comes to parcel delivery – destination, weight, size, drop-off or collection, delivery speed, etc – but that for a small item weighing less than 1kg, “Royal Mail usually wins”. However, for items heavier than that, courier firms are usually cheapest.

The site says that when it tested 10 examples this year, it found Royal Mail was cheaper for parcels under 1kg on seven occasions. When it looked at items weighing more than 1kg, a courier firm beat Royal Mail on eight out of the 10 occasions.

‘Royal Mail usually wins’ for small items weighing less than 1kg, says the MoneySavingExpert website. Photograph: John Morrison/Alamy

First, check the cost of going with Royal Mail by using its online price-finder tool. Prices to send parcels in the UK start from £3.10 for standard second class (for a weight up to 2kg), for delivery in two to three working days, and from £3.70 for first class (up to 1kg), where the aim is next-day delivery. Those prices are for a small parcel. Size matters with parcels – to find out more, go to

If it is a smallish, light item such as a DVD or slim paperback, you may be able to get under the wire of Royal Mail’s large-letter format (an envelope measuring up to 35.3cm x 25cm x 2.5cm and weighing up to 750g), which costs 88p for standard second class up to 100g, or £1.40 up to 250g.

You will be presented with a dizzying array of options: standard, signed for, guaranteed to arrive by a certain time, tracked, etc, so if shopping around make sure you are comparing like with like.

There are lots of comparison sites out there

Once you know what Royal Mail would charge, then get a quote from a courier comparison website or broker. This is a much better bet than going to the individual courier firms, as some of those appear to be more geared up for dealing with businesses than individual consumers. Also, some of the comparison sites and brokers reportedly buy spare delivery slots from the big courier firms and then sell them cheaply.

There are lots of comparison sites out there, including Parcel Monkey, ParcelCompare, ParcelHero, My Parcel Delivery, ParcelsPlease, Worldwide Parcel Services and Postage Supermarket. The one that claims to be the UK’s largest and cheapest is Parcel2Go, with prices starting from £2.34.

Hermes – the UK’s second-biggest parcel firm after Royal Mail – scored well on cost in our test. It says its prices start from £2.45. Hermes offers three ways to send a parcel: you can take it to one of its 5,000-plus ParcelShops, drop it off at one of its 900 or so lockers or have it collected from your home.

Other courier firms that tend to come up a lot on the comparison sites include UPS, DHL, TNT, DPD, DX and CitySprint.

Hermes scored well on cost in Guardian Money’s test. Photograph: Alamy

However, the cheapest in our test was InPost, a delivery firm that allows you to drop off items at a parcel locker. It says its prices start from £3.16 for delivery to your recipient “within two to three working days” (you pay more for next-day delivery), although its cheapest price in our test was actually £2.34. Its lockers can be found outside places such as Lidl supermarkets and petrol stations. The maximum size accepted is 38cm x 38cm x 64cm.

What about service?

It’s not all about price.

The consumer body Which? asked more than 13,000 of its members about their experiences with major couriers between March and August this year. This related to online purchases from retailers rather than sending gifts but the results – published this month – are still useful.

Which? claims UPS “was consistently the worst courier for keeping customers satisfied across key categories”. By contrast, DPD was rated best for communication with customers and delivery time slots offered. Royal Mail, meanwhile, had the most satisfied customers in the category relating to where the delivery driver left their parcel.

Last posting dates

for Royal Mail these are: second class and second-class signed for, 18 December; first class, first-class signed for and Tracked 48, 21 December; Tracked 24, 22 December; special delivery guaranteed, 23 December.

Meanwhile, Parcel2Go has rounded up the last posting dates for many of the leading courier firms on its website. Like Royal Mail, most couriers have a service that will accept parcels right up to 23 December for delivery on Christmas Eve.

Price check

We checked prices* for sending two parcels to UK mainland addresses. One package was fairly small, the other a bit bigger and heavier. We obtained prices for Royal Mail using its price-finder tool (using its new Parcel Collect service would cost an extra 72p for each parcel). Then we tried the Parcel2Go site and crosschecked the results with other comparison sites.

A small parcel: two DVDs wrapped up together and sealed in a large envelope (22cm x 17cm x 3.5cm. Weight: 230g).

The Royal Mail site gave 16 different options, the cheapest of which was £3.95 for signed-for second class. That was the online price – the price at a post office was £4.10. We said the items’ value was between £20 and £50. If we had said less than £20, we would have been able to send it standard second or first class, with prices starting at £2.95.

The Parcel2Go site did not ask many questions and came up with 39 options. The cheapest was the parcel locker provider InPost, which quoted £2.34 without protection or £2.58 with £20 protection. Close behind was the delivery firm Hermes with its ParcelShop drop-off service at £2.70 or £2.89. In both cases this was for two to three working days’ delivery. Hermes’ courier home collection service came in at £3.40 or £3.61, although this was for delivery within three to five working days.

A bigger parcel: the board game Articulate!, carefully wrapped up (28cm x 28cm x 9.5cm. Weight: 1.28kg).

The Royal Mail site again produced 16 options, the cheapest of which was £3.95/£4.10 for signed-for second class. Another option was tracked delivery in two to three days for £4.74. The game cost £22. If we had said the value was less than £20, we would have been able to send it standard second or first class from £2.95.

Parcel2Go came up with 36 options and InPost again came out cheapest at £2.88 or £2.94. Then it was Hermes’ ParcelShop service at £4.06 or £4.20. For both, it was delivery within two to three working days. Hermes’ courier collection service came in at £4.57 or £4.91 (three to five working days).

* All prices quoted here include VAT where applicable

How workers are treated

Dismal conditions, low pay, no breaks and job insecurity … spare a thought for the delivery worker at the sharp end of the Christmas parcel boom.

Last December the Guardian’s sister paper, the Observer, tracked a 46-year-old delivery worker as he struggled with his daily target of 220 parcels. Although in legal terms he was self-employed and running his own business, the courier firm was constantly remotely monitoring and pressuring him to meet its targets.

Some may take the view that one reason to use Royal Mail is that at least it is unionised.

Websites such as host scores of adverts for courier delivery jobs, many promising pay of £200 a day. But these earnings are far from guaranteed, as virtually every ad insists that the worker must operate on a self-employed or contractor basis.

Delivery workers may operate on a self-employed or contractor basis. Photograph: Ngampol Thongsai/Getty Images/EyeEm

Reviews left by former workers at some of these companies tell a different story about earnings. “Working long days, start at 8am, finish at 8pm if you’re lucky, six days a week for £200 a week – that is without paying any tax or national insurance. This company has become rich making its workers poor,” said one reviewer about a company on the site.

So how can you ensure your parcel won’t be delivered by workers toiling under grim conditions?

So how can you ensure your parcel won’t be delivered by workers toiling under grim conditions? Unfortunately, there is no easy way of telling – most companies appear to operate using gig-economy employment methods. There have been some bits of good news: in March the delivery group Hermes won praise when it said it would pay its self-employed couriers if they were told to self-isolate because of coronavirus, despite not normally providing sick pay.

There are some companies that claim to be ethical and green but this is largely down to the carbon emissions from their fleets, not working conditions. And, given that many self-employed delivery workers are encouraged to use their own vehicles, monitoring emissions precisely is near impossible.

Unfortunately, this is one sector where it is possible to give a best buy on price but a lot more tricky when it comes to employment standards or sustainability.
Patrick Collinson

Royal mail last Christmas posting dates: When is the last post this Christmas?

Christmas is going to be a little different this year, even if three households can mingle for a few days. Most gift exchanging will be done via postal delivery, and Brits will be sending plenty of lengthy Christmas cards to those they won’t be seeing over the holidays. With just over a week to go until the big day, you’ll need to head to the post office ASAP. When is the last post this Christmas?

While you can travel to anywhere in the UK between December 23 and 27, only three households can mix during this time.

This five-day relaxation will allow travelling between tiers to meet your Christmas bubble in private homes.

You can continue to meet people from other households socially according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in.

Most of the nation is in Tiers 2 and 3, so you probably won’t be able to enter each other’s homes.

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If you post something Second Class or Second Class Signed For within theh UK on or before Friday, December 18, it will get there in time for Christmas.

The latest you can send Christmas post First Class, First Class Signed For, or Royal Mail Tracked 48 is Monday, December 21.

All options above can be selected at Royal Mail Post Office branches.

If you can’t post your parcels until Tuesday, December 22, you’ll need to send it via Royal Mail Tracked 24 to ensure it gets there on time.

The absolute latest you can send an item in the post is Wednesday, December 23.

If you leave it this late, you’ll need to pay for Special Delivery Guaranteed.

It’s important to note that Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are not available to purchase at Post Office branches and they must be bought online here. 

If you are hoping to send a parcel internationally, you are out of luck.

All International Economy parcels should have been sent in November, but Standard and International tracking and signature services may still be available.

To get a parcel to Australia or New Zealand by Christmas, you need to have posted the parcel by Friday, December 4.

Parcels going to Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, and the Far and Middle East for Christmas needed to be sent by Wednesday, December 9.

If you wanted to post something to Canada, Cyprus or Malta, this needed to have been posted by Thursday, December 10 to get there for Christmas.

Parcels to Greece, Eastern Europe (except Slovakia), Turkey, Finland, Italy, Sweden and the USA needed to have been posted by Friday, December 11 or Saturday, December 12.

If you have something that needs to be sent to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, or Switzerland, there is still time.

Parcels to these countries needed to be sent by Wednesday, December 16 to still arrive by Christmas.

The last post for international parcels was Friday, December 18, and this includes parcels to Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

Christmas Last Posting Dates 2020

The Royal Mail have released the last Christmas posting dates for 2020 – for the UK and abroad – if you want to make sure your festive post gets to its destination in time for Christmas.

The Royal Mail have also, however, announced that Christmas post may still arrive late this year due to a perfect storm of challenges, including:

  • Pandemic restrictions
  • An increased demand for mail amongst family and friends who won’t see each other in person this year
  • An increase in people shopping online due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Social distancing measures in mail centres and delivery offices slowing the process

    In a statement, Royal Mail said: “Despite our best efforts, exhaustive planning and significant investment in extra resources, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

    “This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices.

    “In such cases, we always work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can.”

    With that in mind, we should send our Christmas post as early as possible but here are the absolute last dates you can attempt to deliver post and still be in with a chance of it arriving in time.

    Last Christmas posting dates for 2020

    This year, the last day for posting a 2nd Class delivery in the UK is Friday 18th December. For first class mail in the UK, it’s Monday 21st December. Most of the final dates for posting International Economy have already passed but you still have time for an International Standard delivery if you are quick.

    UK service

    • Friday 18th December for Second Class mail, including signed-for
    • Monday 21st December for First Class mail (and Royal Mail Tracked 48)
    • Tuesday 22nd December for Royal Mail Tracked 24
    • Wednesday 23rd December for Special Delivery Guaranteed


        All the latest recommended posting dates for International Economy mail for Christmas 2020 are:

        • Monday 5th October – All non-European destinations (except South Africa, Canada, Middle and Far East, USA)
        • Monday 12th October – Middle and Far East, Hong Kong,Singapore, South Africa
        • Monday 2nd November – Canada, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey, USA
        • Monday 16th November – Western Europe


          The International Standard & International tracking and signature services for Christmas 2020 are:

          • Friday 4th December – Australia, New Zealand
          • Wednesday 9th December – Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and
            South America, Far and Middle East
          • Thursday 10th December – Canada, Cyprus, Malta
          • Friday 11th December – Greece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and
            Slovakia) and Turkey
          • Saturday 12th December – Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
          • Wednesday 16th December – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
          • Friday 18th December – Belgium, France, Luxembourg

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            20 eco-friendly Christmas crackers

            Woodland recycled crackers, two boxes of 6

            Made from recycled materials, these glitter-free Christmas crackers still ensure you will have plenty of fun over the festive season. Each cracker contains a wooden Christmas tree decoration, along with a traditional paper hat and joke.

            Woodland Reusable Crackers



            The biggest environmental concern with Christmas crackers is that they are used once and then thrown away. One of the best things you can do to help the planet this season is to invest in reusable crackers. These lovely cloth crackers have a tube inside so that you can fill them with your own treats. 

            Six Luxury Gingerbread House Village Christmas Crackers



            Personalised eco-friendly Christmas crackers



            Reusable Christmas Cracker



            These Scandi-inspired Christmas crackers are at the top of our wish list…

            Luxury Handmade Alpine Snowflakes Crackers

            Cox & Cox


            Cox & Cox’s recyclable crackers are handmade in the UK, from sustainably-sourced paper and printed with vegetable-based inks. They’re also fully plastic-free – inside you’ll be treated to either a miniature grater, a star cookie cutter, some British wildflower seeds, a Clipper hot chocolate sachet, a mini strawberry jam, a honey dipper, along with a hat and a joke. 

            Luxury Handmade Golden Deco Stars Crackers

            Cox & Cox


            Here’s another of Cox & Cox’s offerings. Along with all the sustainability perks, they also match the brand’s (fully recyclable) wrapping paper, so you can have a fully cohesive Christmas scheme. 

            Eco-friendly luxury Christmas crackers

            Little Doris Designs


            These minimal handmade crackers are made from recycled Kraft card and contains a premium quality paper hat, a joke and a snap. Instead of a naff plastic golf tee, each cracker also comes with a hand-stamped metal wine charm, which might actually come in handy. Choose from either copper or aluminium charms. 

            Sprouts Christmas Cracker – Set of 6

            Nancy & Betty


            Pay homage to the humble (and misunderstood) sprout with these crackers from Nancy & Betty. They’re plastic-free and include one of the following nine gifts, along with a hat and a joke: wooden honey drizzler, nutmeg grater, mini strawberry jam, luxury tea, wild flower seeds, wooden plant labels, metal slinky, garden twine and a wooden yoyo

            Eco friendly fabric Christmas crackers



            Sure, recycling is better than nothing, but investing in something reusable is the most sustainable way to live. Each is supplied empty, so you can fill them with something perfect for each of your family members. 

            Eco reusable Christmas crackers



            This is another reusable set – but these can be monogrammed with all of your family’s initials, for an extra personal touch. 

            Nutcracker Christmas Crackers – box of 6

            These are completely plastic-free and FSC-approved. Inside, you get your hat, joke and a festive trivia card. 

            Leaping hare red recycled crackers – two boxes of six

            The traditional ribbons used to decorate crackers aren’t recyclable, so the RSPB here has replaced them with paper versions, which we think look equally lovely. These have also been made from the brand’s recyclable wrapping paper, for extra kudos. 

            12 Days of Christmas Fill Your Own Crackers

            These are glitter-free and fill-your-own, so you can avoid plastic tat and give your guests something extra personal at the same time. 

            Bee Friendly Seed Cracker

            How sweet are these? Instead of a naff plastic toy, these crackers contain a packet of borage seeds for you to sprinkle on your flowerbeds and attract bees to your garden. 

            Adults Christmas Crackers – Eco friendly

            These contain gifts that you’ll actually love to use – expect a heated face mask, some bamboo face wipes, a beeswax candle and two tasty chocolate bars. No waste here! 

            Eco Friendly Crackers

            Mummy Marvellous Makes


            More reusable fill-your-own crackers here, available in 10 festive designs. It’s a great price for six, too. 

            The Snow Kingdom Christmas Cracker – Set of 6

            These reusable crackers, by brand Forever Crackers, are pricey – but they are a great luxury option.  They’re made from lovely linen and silk and come ready to fill with your own gifts and a smart fabric crown. 

            Deluxe Eco Mistletoe Christmas Crackers

            Harvey & Mason


            Everything here is 100% recyclable and plastic-free – there’s no acetate window in the box, even. You won’t find any little trinkets inside but, along with your hat and joke, there’ll be a card game for you and your guests to play together. 

            Seed Christmas Crackers Box of Six



            More seed crackers! Inside these you’ll find a pack of sunflower, white daisy, poppy, chives, basil and parsley to plant in your flower eds. 

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            90,000 Send a package home for Christmas: the four best postal services in the UK

            Understanding the delivery services on the island and figuring out when is the best time to send Christmas and New Year gifts to loved ones so that they arrive on time.

            Royal Mail

            Today the UK postal and courier industry is valued at almost £ 10 billion, and the leading position in the market is occupied by Royal Mail (Royal Mail) – one of the most popular postal services on the island.For example, before Christmas last year, Royal Mail sent about 130 million parcels. To cope with this number, the post office required an additional 20 thousand employees.

            You can check the cost of your parcel and order its shipment on the official website of the service – The online calculator will calculate the cost depending on the country to which the package is sent, its weight and the type of service (trackable or not).

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            Sending a two-kilogram parcel to Russia or Europe will cost between £ 12 and £ 66 and reach the recipient within 23 to three business days.

            It will cost up to £ 10 to ship a 2kg parcel within the UK and will reach the recipient within one to three business days.

            Royal Mail is probably the oldest mail service dating back to 1516. Initially, the post worked only for the royal family and carried letters between London and Edinburgh in order to control Scotland. In 1645, the service became available to the public, but the recipient of the letter, not the sender, had to pay for the postage.



            Named after its founders Adrian Dalsey (D), Larry Hillblom (H) and Robert Lynn (L), the German logistics company DHL express has been operating in the UK for over 40 years, delivering parcels both domestically and internationally.

            The DHL service offers to order and pay for the shipment of a parcel on the website, and then bring it to the nearest DHL point.



            Sending a two-kilogram parcel to Russia will cost £ 80 and reach the recipient in two working days;

            Sending a 2kg parcel to Europe will cost £ 68 and reach the recipient in one business day.

            Although the company specifies a record-breaking short delivery time, it is recommended to send a parcel to Europe and the UK by December 20 and by December 15 – to Russia and other countries so that your gifts will reach the addressees on time.

            80% of Oxford Street brands use DHL logistics services.



            International delivery service, which has proven itself in more than 40 countries around the world, is popular in the UK. The company delivers more than 4 million parcels daily, and this figure is only increasing from year to year.

            To send a parcel to Russia or Europe, just register on the company’s website – and fill in the information about your parcel (weight, dimensions and value of the contents). The online calculator will calculate the cost of sending, depending on the specified parameters of the parcel and will offer a choice of two options: the parcel will be picked up at one of the proposed points or will come to your home for it (the second option is more expensive).



            Sending a two-kilogram parcel to Russia or Europe will cost £ 28 if you bring it to the nearest DPD point yourself, or £ 34 if you ask to pick up the parcel from your home at the specified address and reach the recipient within six to seven working days days.

            The convenience of the service is that in the DPD mobile application you can track every movement of your parcel. After payment, you will have access to a link through which you can install the application and monitor delivery in real time.

            In London, DPD only transports parcels by electric transport, which reduces exhaust emissions by 45 tons per year. What’s more, the company opened Europe’s first electric parking lot in downtown Westminster and announced plans to open seven more all-electric facilities in the capital.


            UPS (United Parcel Service)

            This American logistics company specializes in express delivery worldwide. Every day, UPS sends almost 17 million packages to recipients in 220 countries around the world.

            The service also offers to either leave your parcel at the nearest collection point, or come to your address for it. You can also adjust the delivery day yourself (the faster, the more expensive), however, if you are not in a hurry, the service will offer the minimum cost and deliver the package in six working days.Register and pay for your package online on the company’s website –, and after it is picked up, you can track its location.



            Sending a two-kilogram parcel without express delivery to Russia will cost £ 40; sending a 2kg parcel to Europe will cost £ 25.

            Did you know that UPS pays the highest salaries to its employees in the industry.For example, the average salary for a typical UPS driver is $ 57,000 per year.

            Life hack: if you send a parcel heavier than two kilograms, it will be cheaper to split it into several parcels than ordering a separate postal service.

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            90,000 how to find her or get money back

            I often shop online and use mail several times a month.

            Most often, parcels arrive on time and without damage, but the mail let me down several times.In this article I will tell you how to track parcels and what to do if the parcel has not arrived.

            Lyubov Vereshchinskaya

            customer with experience

            Save all data

            When there are a lot of purchases, there is a risk of losing or accidentally deleting letters containing numbers, order dates, track numbers, etc. To prevent this from happening, organize a simple and convenient storage system. Any of the tools that you use are suitable for this: shortcuts in mail, notebooks in Evernote, a folder in Dropbox.The tool is not important: it is important that you make an effort and save the order information.

            For all expensive purchases, I take notes in Evernote with product descriptions and photos from the store’s website. I also add the price and date of purchase there. I keep track of all track numbers in the “Where package” application. When it comes to contacting a store or re-ordering something, a shopping notebook can save you tons of time.

            Check delivery times

            Delivery times depend on the type of postal service, the city in which the recipient lives and the country of origin of the goods.

            Stores usually indicate average delivery times at checkout. If delivery is free, then the seller will send the order with the cheapest operator that delivers longer than competitors. The higher the rate, the faster the delivery will be.

            Purchases from Europe are delivered on average up to 28 days, from the USA up to 30 days, from China a parcel travels on average 40 days, but sometimes it takes 90 days. Detailed statistics on international shipments are available on the Track24 parcel tracking website.

            To find out where your package is, use services that track all types of track numbers, for example, “Track24”, “Where is the package” and “Where is going”

            Make sure that the parcel is not stuck at customs, at the sorting point or when sending. This happens not only in Russia. One time I ordered boots in London during the Christmas sale, and they lay at Heathrow Airport for a week due to an overload of the Royal Mail.

            Until the parcel crosses the Russian border, the delivery service chosen by the seller is responsible for it.After the parcel has passed customs, it is delivered by the Russian Post. Some track numbers become untraceable at this point.

            This parcel arrived at the post office on February 20,

            In such cases, the days for which the Russian Post delivers mail between the cities of Russia must be added to the delivery time. There is a table with the dates on the mail website, but I do not believe in these numbers and always add the same amount, even for delivery in Moscow.

            Deadlines for sending parcels PDF, 1.6 MB

            For example, if a purchase from “Aliexpress” with a declared delivery time of 35 days has just left the customs during this time, then the post office in Nizhny Novgorod, according to the standard, must reach the post office in three days.In reality, this is at least six days, so the realistic delivery time increases to 41 days.

            Write to the seller

            If the delivery time of the parcel is out, I recommend writing to the seller. Include in the letter the date and number of the order, tracking number and say that the order is still not with you.

            Most often, sellers do not argue with this and submit shipments themselves on the wanted list, and the buyer is offered a full refund or re-shipment. Once my parcel from the UK passed the border and got lost at a sorting point in Moscow.I contacted the support service of the store, and the order was sent again. The second time he arrived without any problems.

            My correspondence with the store about the lost package

            Chinese sellers from Aliexpress do not like to return money for a purchase if the delivery time has not expired for several months. With them, I always agree to re-send the order.

            If the online store does not have Russian-speaking support, and you do not speak English, translate the text in an automatic translator and send.Do not be shy about machine translation: the main thing is that the seller will understand the problem and you will get your money back.

            Open dispute

            Sometimes sellers send a defective product, make a mistake with an order, or don’t pack the package securely enough. Sometimes the track number turns out to be fake, and the seller does not respond to messages. In all cases, the goods are considered undeliverable.

            If this is a purchase from the online auctions “Aliexpress” or “Ibei”, then you can open a dispute over it. A dispute is a tool for resolving conflicts between a buyer and a seller.The auction site, that is, the administration of Ibey or Aliexpress, is responsible for their regulation. The general rules are similar: the site guarantees a refund to the buyer if the goods were not delivered, arrived with defects, the seller made a mistake in completing the order or the photos and the description of the goods on the site do not correspond to the real ones.

            To open a dispute, you need to contact the seller. On Aliexpress, this can be done in the menu of placed orders, on Ibey – in the section of the site “Conflict Resolution Center”.

            The seller is given several days to resolve the dispute, if during this time he does not get in touch or solve the problem, the site returns to the buyer the full cost of the order.

            Disputes lower the seller’s rating, so they try to close them quickly and apply for a refund themselves after contacting them. I use disputes to get money back from sellers who do not respond to messages.

            A dispute can also be opened if the received product does not correspond to the photos on the site

            If the purchase is not from an auction, but from a separate store, then a dispute on it can be opened only if the payment was through the PayPel system – it also works there buyer protection system.In all other cases, you need to write to the seller.

            Go to post office

            Sometimes postal employees do not bring postal notices, put them in the wrong box, or lose the package at the department. If, judging by the track number, the parcel is already in Russia and you suspect that the mail is to blame, go to battle.

            Take your passport with you and tell the track number of your parcel on the mail. The number will be checked and, if the parcel arrived, they will issue it without notice. In this case, it is important not to miss the storage time of items – 30 days for parcels and 6 months for parcels and small packages.

            Terms of storage of postal items at the Russian Post

            If the parcel is tracked at the department, but employees refuse to look for it and say that they have not received anything, then this is a reason to call the hotline of the Russian Post and complain about the work of the department.

            It makes no sense to put on the wanted list a parcel that was not sent by you: before delivery to the addressee, the postal items are the property of the sender. Therefore, the Russian Post does not accept search applications without a copy of the delivery receipt and pays compensation to the sender in the first place.

            More information about compensation for damage on the website of the Russian Post

            Complain about mail

            If the mail systematically loses parcels, does not bring notifications, refuses to accept applications, and calls do not lead to anything, you can leave a complaint about this branch of the Russian Post on the Roskomnadzor website. For slow delivery and other violations of work, the department will receive a fine and, perhaps, will be corrected.

            Contact the bank

            It is worth challenging the payment for a purchase through a bank only if all other methods of influencing the seller did not work.

            Each case of a conflict between a seller and a buyer is considered separately, therefore the bank advises clients on the situation. For example, he asks to send the defective product back, write a statement describing what happened to the purchase, and attach proof that the product does not correspond to the description declared on the website. For advice at Tinkoff-Bank, you can contact the chat, by phone or e-mail.

            I recommend dealing with sellers and shops directly, it is always faster and more efficient than collecting evidence and writing statements.


            1. Organize your purchase data storage system.
            2. Check the delivery time of each package in tracking services.
            3. If there is no parcel, write to the seller. Direct contact is the fastest way to get your money back.
            4. Open a dispute if the seller does not respond to messages.
            5. Russian Post may lose the parcel at its branch. Go to the post office and ask the staff to check it.
            6. As a last resort, cancel the payment through the bank.

            Strengthening of quarantine – the British “filled up” mail with parcels with Christmas gifts – UNIAN

            The postal operator experienced serious delays in delivery.

            The British because of the lockdown “filled up” the mail with parcels with Christmas gifts / photo UNIAN

            The postal operator of Great Britain Royal Mail because of the quarantine, the British filled up with parcels with gifts for Christmas. There are millions of gifts in the sorting offices, which caused the company to experience serious delays in delivery.

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            In a statement, the postal company said the number of online Christmas shopping has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus isolation. And although people in Britain were allowed to host up to three families, they decided to arrange the exchange of gifts this year through the Royal Mail.

            The company said it has hired an additional 33,000 temporary workers to satisfy its customers.But the British are still unhappy, because someone is waiting for a package, according to the BBC, dated November 27.

            Others, in contrast, expressed condolences to postal workers who had a problem with a sharp increase in demand during the pandemic. And brands like John Lewis, Boots and HMV have also blamed Royal Mail for delivery delays.



            In turn, the Royal Mail representative assured that the company is making every effort to ensure that customers receive their Christmas mail as quickly as possible.

            “We’re really sorry if any of our customers have extended delivery times. Our wonderful postmen who kept the UK in touch during the pandemic and the two lockdowns are now doing whatever it takes to deliver mail to customers before Christmas.” said a Royal Mail spokesman.

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            The Royal Family of Great Britain celebrates Christmas in complete isolation

            The coronavirus pandemic has violated another long tradition for the British royal family.This year at Christmas, Sandringham Castle, where the relatives of Elizabeth II always gathered, is empty: everyone celebrates separately. “Gazeta.Ru” – about where the Queen and her heirs celebrate the holiday.

            The royal family of Great Britain celebrates Christmas this year, like all residents of the country, having divided: the relatives and friends of Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, will not come to visit them at their Sandringham castle in Norfolk, and the spouses themselves will break a long tradition and spend the holidays without leaving Windsor Castle.

            The representatives of Buckingham Palace announced that Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh would remain in Windsor on Christmas Day. “Taking into account all relevant recommendations, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decided that I would spend Christmas in Windsor in a relaxed atmosphere,” they reported to the British media.

            This means a violation of a tradition that has been preserved over the years.

            WalesOnline also reports that due to the pandemic, the queen will not independently distribute gifts to the palace staff: they will still receive them, but not from her hands, as was usual.

            Every year on December 24, in the evening at Sandringham Castle, a gala dinner was held for all the Queen’s relatives, in the morning they all went to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene for the Christmas service – the royal procession always attracted many fans of the family who came to watch and evaluate their outfits. Only children did not participate in this event – until they reached the age when it was considered appropriate to take them to church for services. Last year, this happened to the two eldest children of the Dukes of Cambridge, Prince George, who was then six years old, and Princess Charlotte, who was four years old.

            After returning from the Eid Prayer, Elizabeth II, as a rule, delivers congratulations to the nation – in 1957 it was first broadcast on television, and until then she addressed the people on the radio.

            The tradition of celebrating Christmas at Sandringham was broken only occasionally. So, in 1953 – the year of the coronation of Elizabeth II – the queen and her husband on Christmas came on a visit to New Zealand, and she had to record a radio greeting there for her subjects. In the 1960s, monarchs stayed several times at Windsor over Christmas because of their children.Since 1988, they have not traveled to Sandringham only once – in 2016, both Elizabeth II and Prince Philip caught a serious cold, and the trip was canceled.

            The 94-year-old queen and her 99-year-old husband are now at risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was the reason to stop traveling. And family celebrations have been canceled due to a new strain of coronavirus – in many areas of the country, the fourth, maximum level of threat has now been introduced, so residents of the United Kingdom cannot even cross the borders of counties where the threat is increased, and gather in groups, which include people who do not live under one roof.

            The eldest son of Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles spend Christmas at their Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire – it is assumed that during the holidays they will be able to see the Queen at some point.

            The next contender for the throne in the line of succession – Prince William – together with his wife Kate Middleton and three children will remain at his residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

            In early December, during a trip around the country, the Dukes of Cambridge admitted to the people of Wales that they had not yet decided how they would celebrate Christmas.At the same time, the Observer reported that the dukes planned to celebrate it with the family of Kate Middleton in Berkshire, where the younger sister of the Duchess Pippa Middleton, who is now pregnant for the second time, with her husband and child, was to come.

            However, in the end, things did not go according to plan at all – due to the attempt by the British government to stop the spread of coronavirus, especially its new highly contagious strain.

            Initially, the third level of danger was introduced in Berkshire – and Prince William and Kate Middleton proposed to move the family celebration to them in Anmer Hall, since Norfolk remained on the second level, and people from three households could gather under one roof.However, recently Berkshire reached the fourth, according to which in one house there can only be people living together permanently, and the county boundaries cannot be crossed in any direction. Now no one is going anywhere – the members of the royal family, like the vast majority of the inhabitants of the United Kingdom, will be video-linking this Christmas.

            How the German Post Works | Culture and Lifestyle in Germany and Europe | DW

            In addition to Deutsche Post DHL, of which the German state is a major shareholder, there are many other private postal services operating in the German postal market, such as Hermes, UPS, DPD, Postcon, Citipost or Pin Mail.Some of them specialize in the delivery of parcels, business correspondence, mailing of books and advertisements, or limit the delivery radius to a certain region. Deutsche Post accounts for the lion’s share of postage. As for private correspondence, here it has no competition – it processes and delivers more than 80 percent of all letters.

            Living in Germany: mail six days a week

            German postal law stipulates that letters be delivered six times a week – from Monday to Saturday – anywhere in Germany.80 percent of emails should be delivered the next day. And polls show that 90 percent of mail customers consider the daily mail delivery still important and necessary, despite the availability of electronic communications.

            Deutsche Post headquarters in Bonn

            The Deutsche Post delivers around 60 million letters and 3 million parcels daily. According to the concern, in the case of private correspondence, most letters reach the recipient the very next day – provided that the letter is dropped into the mailbox until the last seizure of letters on that day.Delivery of promotional letters takes place within four working days.

            Parcels across Germany reach the addressee in one or two working days – despite periodic disruptions caused by the overload of mail on holidays and the departure of postmen on sick leave during the next wave of flu. For international shipments, delivery times depend on the country of destination.

            Cost of postage

            Postage stamp for a postcard in Germany costs 60 cents, standard letter – 80 cents.The larger the envelope (weight can be up to 1 kg), the more expensive – a maximum of 2.70 euros. A registered letter (Einschreiben) notification letter will cost from 2.20 euros to 6.90 (delivered to the addressee or his representative by power of attorney personally against signature). The cost of a parcel varies from 3.79 euros (a parcel weighing up to 2 kg) to 16.49 euros for 31.5 kg.

            Both letters and parcels can be sent with insurance against damage and loss. Thus, for an additional fee (4.30 euros), the Germans send cash (up to 100 euros) and other valuables (for example, a mobile phone or jewelry worth up to 500 euros).If necessary (for example, sending more valuable items), you can take out additional (transport) insurance.

            Most letters and postcards in Germany are delivered the very next day

            If the addressee is not at home, German postmen and couriers can leave the parcel with neighbors. But if there is no one to sign for the receipt, a notice will be dropped into the mailbox stating that the parcel can be picked up at the nearest branch or at an automated post station if the delivery is carried out by Deutsche Post.In other postal services, the delivery attempt is repeated the next day. As a rule, on the website of a particular service, the addressee himself can choose the date and approximate delivery time that suits him.

            Mail: what the Germans complain about

            As part of the Kundenmonitor Deutschland study, which reflects the degree of customer satisfaction with services in a particular area, a survey was conducted in 2018. Residents of Germany who took part in the survey rated the work of the post offices and the delivery of letters as “good”.And although in general the German post works quickly and reliably, the number of complaints against it has been growing lately.

            Not only Deutsche Post cooperates with kiosks

            Complaints about the work of postal services are accepted by the Federal Network Agency. In 2018, it received 12 thousand requests from dissatisfied customers. Half of the claims concern late delivery of letters, a third – the delivery of parcels. Others criticize the queues at the post office and the inconvenient opening hours of the post offices.Compared to the previous year, the number of complaints has doubled. But whether this is due to a deterioration in the service or the fact that there are more opportunities to complain about it, the Federal Network Agency is still at a loss to say.

            In addition, two years ago, German consumer advocates created the Post-Ärger website (which can be translated as “mail dissatisfaction”), where everyone can post their feedback. The creators of the site from the Society for the Protection of Consumer Rights analyze claims and keep statistics.So, last year, half of the portal users complained that the letter was delivered to the wrong address or was not delivered at all, 17 percent – that the delivery lasted more than two days, 3 percent – that valuable content (in particular, money ) was seized, and the same amount – that the parcel was damaged. Many have noticed that on Mondays, postmen often do not deliver letters at all, and on Saturdays, some mailboxes remain suspiciously empty.

            Germans send important documents by mail

            “The older generation, accustomed to good service, often complain about the work of the mail.They cannot get used to the fact that Deutsche Post has been a privatized company for more than 20 years, and it takes care of the interests of not only its clients, but also its shareholders, “says Serkan Antmen of the DVPT organization, which unites companies that use postal and telecommunications services, in particular, the concern is increasing profitability through outsourcing: some postal branches have been closed, and their postal services are now provided by kiosks or bookstores.Some letters and parcels are delivered by postmen from contractor firms, whose work customers are not always satisfied with.

            But in general, Germans trust the mail. By mail, they send not only greeting cards, but also sick leave certificates, passports, powers of attorney, contracts, tax returns – and all this usually reaches the addressee, and even on time. If problems do arise, they most often concern correspondence sent by large senders – firms, banks, insurance companies that have concluded separate agreements with postal services.Therefore, DVPT, together with the Federal Network Agency, decided to take a closer look at the work of mail and began a large-scale study in April. Throughout the year, they will track and analyze the delivery of business correspondence in order to better assess the quality of postal services. The results, as the organizers of the study hope, will help to improve the service for private clients.

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            German landmarks on postage stamps

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Corvey Abbey

              Germany is rich in interesting sights, which we regularly talk about in our travel section, but only a few of them dedicate postage stamps.Among them is the Abbey of Corvey. This former Benedictine monastery is located on the banks of the Weser River in Westphalia and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Corvey Abbey

              The monastery was founded by the will of Charlemagne (747-814). He was supposed to become an outpost of the Christianization of the Saxon lands conquered by this emperor. On the territory of Germany, there are only a few significant architectural evidence of the distant Carolingian era.Corvey Abbey is one of these unique monuments.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Sanssouci Palace

              These stamps depict the summer residence of Frederick the Great – Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. Note also that in 1983 the East German Post issued a stamp dedicated to Sanssouci, and in 1990 it was included in the last commemorative series issued in the GDR, a few months before the reunification of Germany.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Sanssouci Palace

              King Frederick the Great of Prussia ordered the construction of this summer residence to begin in 1745. Here he took a break from the daily hustle and bustle of the courtiers. Together with other royal palaces and parks in Potsdam and Berlin, Sanssouci Palace is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

            • German landmarks on stamps

              Speyer Cathedral

              What other German monuments have been on postage stamps before? Among the architectural landmarks of the Romanesque period in Germany, the Imperial Cathedral in Speyer occupies a special place.In 1990, this city, founded on the Rhine by the ancient Romans, celebrated its 2000th anniversary. The cathedral was depicted on a postage stamp issued for the occasion.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Speyer Cathedral

              The largest Romanesque temple in Europe has a history of almost a thousand years. In Speyer Cathedral, services were held on the occasion of more than fifty goftags and Reichstags, and four emperors and four kings are buried in its crypt.In 1981, this temple became the second German site to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Brandenburg Gate

              They are one of the main architectural symbols not only of the German capital, but of the whole of Germany. Images of the Brandenburg Gate have already been adorned with German postage stamps many times – not only in commemorative and anniversary series. This stamp was released in 2008 for sale through postal machines.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Brandenburg Gate

              They were built in the then Prussian capital in 1789-1791. The project was designed in the classicism style. The gate is decorated with a quadriga – an antique two-wheeled chariot with four harnessed horses, driven by the goddess of Victory Victoria. Having conquered Berlin, Emperor Napoleon ordered to transport her to Paris, but after the defeat of the French, the chariot was returned to its place.

            • German attractions on postage stamps

              Kaiserburg in Nuremberg

              Nuremberg is the second most populous city in Bavaria. In 2012, the German Post issued a stamp dedicated to the medieval Kaiserburg castle located in this city. Among other attractions of Nuremberg, it is worth mentioning the Albrecht Dürer House Museum and the local Christmas market – the most famous in Germany.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Kaiserburg in Nuremberg

              This castle was founded during the reign of Friedrich Barbarossa.For five centuries, it was one of the most important imperial residences in Germany. The so-called Palatinates formed a kind of network of royal inns. They were located at a distance of a one-day horse crossing – about 30 kilometers.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Dresden Frauenkirche

              This stamp was issued on the occasion of the consecration of the restored Frauenkirche church in Dresden. The temple, built in the capital of Saxony at the behest of the Elector Augustus the Strong in 1726-1743, was destroyed during the Second World War as a result of raids by British and American aircraft.The funds for the restoration came not only from Germany. The circulation of the stamp was 15 million copies.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Dresden Frauenkirche

              The baroque church in the center of the Saxon capital has become a symbol of reconciliation between peoples. Now about two million people come here every year. Over the ten years since the restoration, the church has hosted more than 1600 divine services, 800 baptisms, 315 weddings, 1150 concerts and 26 thousand excursions.

            • German Landmarks on Postage Stamps

              Luther Memorial Sites

              The following postage stamp was issued in a UN Special Edition. It is dedicated to the memorial sites of Martin Luther (1483-1546) in Eisleben and Wittenberg, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Wittenberg, the German church reformer spent most of his life. Luther was born and died in Eisleben, located about a hundred kilometers from this city on the Elbe.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Luther’s memorial sites

              In 2017, Germany celebrated the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. In addition to Eisleben and Wittenberg, the main centers of the celebration were also the Wartburg Castle and the Martin Luther House Museum in Eisenach. In the photo – the Castle Church in Wittenberg, on the doors of which on October 31, 1517, he hung out for discussion his 95 theses that marked the beginning of the Reformation in Germany.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Cathedral of Regensburg

              Postage stamp from a special series dedicated to German World Heritage Sites.It depicts St. Peter’s Cathedral in Bavarian Regensburg. The history of the city goes back over 1800 years. It was founded by the Romans. The city has preserved about a thousand houses and other monuments from the Middle Ages, which played a decisive role in the decision to grant it the prestigious UNESCO status.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Cathedral of Regensburg

              The temple was built in the French Gothic style in 1275-1634. It is considered the main monument of the Gothic period in southern Germany.The towers are over one hundred meters high. The first church on this site was founded at the beginning of the 8th century. One of the side towers of the cathedral dates back to the Romanesque period. It was used in the construction of a Gothic building for lifting loads.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps


              In 2011, the Deutsche Post concern in its series “German National and Natural Parks” issued a stamp dedicated to the Kellerwald-Edersee nature reserve in Hesse, one of the oldest beech forests in Germany.In the same year, these natural attractions, located in four lands, were included in the World Heritage List along with the beech forests in the Carpathians in Slovakia and Ukraine.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps


              In Germany, in addition to the Kellerwald-Edersee park, this prestigious international status was given to the national parks Jasmund on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Heinich in Thuringia, the Brandenburg Nature Reserve, and the Grundenburg Nature Reserve The Mecklenburg Serran beech forest is part of the Müritz National Park.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Bad Muskau

              The Bad Muskau park is an outstanding monument of landscape architecture. It is located on the territory of two states – Germany and Poland. In 2004, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List by their joint application. A few years ago, both countries issued commemorative stamps dedicated to this landmark. In Germany, the face value was 90 cents, in Poland – three zlotys.

            • German landmarks on postage stamps

              Bad Muskau

              The largest English landscape park in Central Europe was founded in 1815 in Bad Muskau by order of a Prussian aristocrat, lieutenant general, Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. The new palace was built in the neo-Renaissance style in the middle of the 19th century. P.S. If you would like us to continue our story about German landmarks on stamps, please write to us at [email protected]

              Author: Maxim Nelyubin


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            90,000 Letters carry a piece of warmth that is so lacking in our life – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

            Every day, a pandemic is not a pandemic, I still go down to the entrance to the mailbox. I open it with a small key in a secret hope: what if somebody writes? But no, only “letters of happiness” demanding to pay, junk advertising and thick magazines a couple of times a month.And why mail, if there is electronic and smartphone overflowing with cloth language? And then, that in a letter in an envelope is sent a piece of someone’s thoughts, wishes, if you like, the soul …

            Grozny faster than Louis

            Visited the “Postal Museums” in France. In one they even gave Dantes’ dueling pistol, from which Pushkin was shot, to be held in hand. The French believe that the prototype of the modern post was created by them: on June 19, 1464, Louis XI established a network of stations for changing horses.They could be used by royal couriers, who delivered exclusively letters from Louis himself. The intriguing king, who was trying to unite France, trusted the couriers with the most secret messages. Sometimes, in order to earn a couple of extra gold francs, they also grabbed notes from other noble nobles. If they came across, they were locked up in dungeons. During the day, the royal couriers, changing horses, covered 70 kilometers. The speed was inconceivable.

            These French records were broken in the next century by the messengers of Tsar Ivan the Terrible.Changing and choosing the most hardy horses, they covered 100 kilometers per day!

            Letter in an envelope

            With each new century, the need for fast information access has grown. It wasn’t just kings and nobles who needed mail. At the end of the 17th – the beginning of the 18th centuries, letters delivery was organized in Russia at the very least. From Moscow to Smolensk – 396 kilometers – the letter reached in ten days. Not bad.

            When the railways appeared, the post office “ran on the rails.” People exchanged news, wrote about the most intimate.Sometimes in letters they were more sincere than in personal communication. Entrusting your thoughts and aspirations to paper is easier than saying them out loud. Do not keep them with you. It must be shared with family, friends, loved ones.

            Letters bring us a piece of warmth and love, which are so lacking in our indifferent life

            As the British assert, it was they who made the revolution in the mass consciousness and in the postal business. Created in 1680, the penny mail, delivering letters throughout London, and then in seven cities.The postage was one penny. From a private and profitable enterprise of Robert Murray, the penny mail soon became a public one.

            I am writing this whole story as I see it. In 1820, the envelope was invented, and 20 years later the first stamp was issued. The world began to actively correspond. In a sense, it was the first Christmas card that revolutionized. It, with a circulation of a thousand copies, was printed again in Britain in 1840, according to other sources – in 1843. They claim to be the first hand-drawn greeting “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” appeared in 1794, but it was the postcard that gave a powerful impetus to the development of postal relations.It is quite believable, because even in our time, when the world, which has switched to the Internet and is lazy, has almost forgotten how to write, 25 percent of all postage falls on Christmas and New Years. Do you know which topic is confidently leading? Birthday greetings, they account for 38 percent of all postage.

            Healing triangle

            It is even impossible to imagine how we would have done without letters during the Great Patriotic War? What would have happened if the soldier’s triangles had not been invented with clever heads? Without them, all the threads and threads connecting the army beating with the enemy with its home would be lost.Something, but the delivery of letters to the front was fine. They understood that it was impossible for our person, who was subtly arranged, without this. How to convey the happiness of a soldier who received a letter from home? Or the women who kept this front-line triangle from April 1945 until the end of their days: “… Darling, don’t worry, we are already close. Read the newspapers carefully. Everything will be over soon. The city is almost visible. … (blacked out by censorship). We go quickly. I wash my legs and boots … I have no time to even sit down to write. Do not be offended. All ours are safe and sound.Greetings from Romka. With all his … (again censorship. – ND) a desperately brave man and will not leave in trouble … Kisses, your M. “.

            ” City “, of course, Berlin.” Romka “- Roman Carmen, front-line cameraman

            Away from home

            But the post office saved not only during the war.In the very beginning of the 1970s, fate threw it for two and a half years in Iran.No telephone connection with Moscow.It is difficult to endure loneliness, not knowing without letters one could go mad with the utter obscurity.They reached, crawled to us in the city of Isfahan in gray huge sacks twice a month. Once the mail is “big”, the other is “small”. They were waiting for her like manna from heaven. And during the hours of distribution by specially designated “postmen” – volunteers, the work was stalled. But the authorities turned a blind eye to this.

            Selected passages from home correspondence were read aloud. Everyone knew about the household chores of their neighbors, sympathized, rejoiced, worried together. They consoled those to whom they rarely wrote.

            I am not exaggerating, but I am not underestimating either: without these postal news it would not have been possible to survive.And no one has ever tore up, burned, or threw away letters. They kept it, then they took it to their homeland. I didn’t know that my parents also collected messages. For fifty years now, our messages have been in good health, occasionally re-read, re-opening old half-forgotten worlds. How simple and ingenuous we lived. Thank you, my dear mail, for not only helping to survive, but also to this day preserve the memory of the time and of those closest to us who have long passed away from us.

            Diplomatic courier football player Evryuzhikhin

            I heard about diplomatic couriers, about their difficult work in transporting diplomatic mail, about Comrade Nette, praised by Mayakovsky, who died in 1926 in Latvia while saving valuable ambassadorial messages.I saw the diplomatic couriers alive only in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I often ran into them at the Paris train station, seeing off and meeting travelers.

            Hellish work, change of time zones and climate, endless journeys require excellent physical fitness and determination. Therefore, there are many athletes among the diplomatic couriers, most of them previously belonged to the Dynamo department. One of the dips was a copy of Dynamo footballer Gennady Evryuzhikhin. And so I peered at him that a well-dressed man, grinning, introduced himself: “Well, I’m Evryuzhikhin, Evryuzhikhin.What, fan? “A nodding acquaintance began. A cheerful, witty guy. He was quick to respond and friendly. But the Paris-Moscow carriage approached and Gennady was transformed. Together with the ambassadorial escort, he instantly cut off the crowd of departing people, shouting loudly:” P-aa- aa-please. “First, he threw the bags sealed with sealing wax into the vestibule, then carried them into a single compartment. Only after that the passengers were allowed to enter and the diplomatic courier again turned into a smiling Gennady Evryuzhikhin.Come on help. “I was exhausted quickly. And the big man Gennady was so hardy. Only now he died at the age of 54 …

            The old woman will survive

            We still have to deal with mail. Payments, official letters and notifications, invitations, all kinds of congratulations .. No Internet will push them out of our life and will not replace them.

            We will probably live together in the 21st century. and a soullessly harsh life.

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            Ship Mail is … What is Ship Mail?

            Ship mail (sometimes also mail , sea mail , steam mail , water mail ) has the following values:

            1. Scheduled transportation of mail by ships on regular lines. The postal service is carried out by the crews of ships and covers the reception, security and delivery to the post office of destination of postal items accepted for carriage in sealed bags.
            2. The post office on board the ship, which accepts postal items and performs other postal functions (sale of postage stamps, envelopes, periodicals, etc.) Has a ship mail stamp with the appropriate text.
            3. Postal items sent by ship (ship) mail. Recognized by postmarks, as well as postage stamps. Are of philatelic interest.


            Regular ship mail appeared in the middle of the 19th century, first in Austria for the Adriatic, as well as in the North Atlantic on the routes Great Britain – USA and Bremen – Hamburg – USA.However, there are many known pre-brand ship mail stamps (up to 1840).

            In Russia, the first sea mail was organized in the 20s of the 18th century in St. Petersburg. To carry out regular shipments of mail from St. Petersburg to the most important ports of the Baltic Sea, two Russian frigates were used, based at the world’s first postal pier on the Neva.

            Many years on board Soviet ships and diesel-electric ships (for example, “Ukraine”, “Russia”, “Admiral Nakhimov”, “Ivan Franko”, “Georgia”, “Abkhazia”), icebreakers (for example, the nuclear-powered ship “Lenin”) used calendar postmarks with their names.

            Philatelic aspects

            Ship mail items are a special branch of philatelic collecting. In the 19th century, in some countries (Mexico, France, Russia), special stamps of sea (steamship) mail were issued, which became a philatelic rarity.

            In accordance with international postal rules, ship mail can be paid with stamps of the country under the flag of which the ship is sailing, or with stamps of the country in whose port it is located.Therefore, in letters one can find both mixed francature and the cancellation of stamps of some countries with the stamps of others. Many offshore vessels have postal agents or post offices that receive and process correspondence.

            Ship (ship) mail should be distinguished from naval mail (special mail of the naval forces of different countries) [1] .

            See also



            • Big philatelic dictionary / Under total.ed. N. I. Vladintsa and V. A. Jacobs. – M .: Radio and communication, 1988 .– 320 p. – ISBN 5-256-00175-2. (See Water mail , Ship mail , Sea mail .) (Retrieved March 20, 2009)
            • Grallert V., Grushke V. Philatelic Dictionary / Abbr. per. with him. Yu.M. Sokolov and E.P. Sashenkova. – M .: Communication, 1977 .– 272 p.
            • Archer N. Steamship mail of Russia // Soviet collector. – 1970. – No. 7.
            • Mandrovsky N. Russian steamship mail // Soviet collector. – 1986. – No. 24. – S. 32-38. (Retrieved March 20, 2009)
            • Sorkin EB Mail is in a hurry to people. – M .: Knowledge, 1977 .– 128 p. (Ref. By seas and oceans and From karbas to speedboat .) (Retrieved March 20, 2009)
            • V. Tyukov Russian stamps and postage stamps. Great encyclopedia. – M .: EKSMO, Nashe Slovo, 2011. – pp. 88-96. – ISBN 978-5-699-47412-7.
            • Philatelic Dictionary / Comp.O. Ya. Basin. – M .: Communication, 1968 .– 164 p. (See Sea Mail , Ship Mail .

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