2021 58¢ A Visit From St. Nick – Head of Santa Claus
Value: 58¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: October 7, 2021
First Day City: Santa Claus, IN
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20
Quantity Printed: 400,000,000
When Christmas Eve night arrives each year, many children can't help but try to stay awake waiting for St. Nicholas to come. Perhaps some of that can be attributed to the famous poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore.
In Moore's tale, the narrator is a father who wakes up in the middle of the night after hearing a strange sound. He soon discovers that it's St. Nicholas arriving to deliver presents for the narrator's children. Moore describes St. Nicholas in detail and indicates that the narrator is a little nervous at having accidentally disturbed the "jolly old elf." However, the poem goes on to say that St. Nicholas gave "A wink of his eye and a twist of his head," to let the narrator know he "had nothing to dread."
Nearly everyone who celebrates Christmas has heard Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem at least once in their lifetime. It's a heartwarming tale that lends excitement to all who hear it. After all, St. Nicholas is a mysterious and magical character. Who wouldn't want to meet him on Christmas Eve and experience all that magic for themselves? But everyone knows old St. Nick has a knack for arriving just when we've fallen asleep, so Moore's poem is the next best thing to seeing him firsthand.