For those Americans panic-stricken
that a certain December holiday most commonly known as Christmas
is heading for extinction, a glimmer of hope comes from the much-maligned athiestic United States Postal Service
. The 2006 Christmas stamp, Madonna and Child with Bird, was unveiled last week
. The painting, dating from around 1765, is attributed to Ignacio Chacón, an artist active from about 1745 to 1775 in Cuzco, Peru. Now if we could just do something about all those foreigners taking our stamp painting jobs.