The concept for the Christmas 2016 stamps centres around the idea of people coming together. We felt this was well represented by the magi and nativity scenes. The illustration uses simple two-dimensional forms and patterns, without perspective, reminiscent of those seen in early Christian manuscripts. There is a common structure to the background and core elements, both SOAR stamps feature people inhabiting a space. The style of illustration used in the SOAR stamps is carried through to the single booklet stamp and first day cover. Pattern and bold colour are juxtaposed to illustrate a typical selection of tree decorations.