Two Christmas stamps were issued in Washington, DC, on November 9, 1972.
The 8-cent traditional stamp depicts angels from a section of an oil painting entitled "Mary, Queen of Heaven." Painted by an anonymous Netherlander, whose work has been credited to that of the Master of St. Lucy Legend, it dates back to ca. 1485. The stamp was designed by Bradbury Thompson and was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 1 billion.
The 8-cent contemporary stamp depicts Santa Clause and the words "'Twas the Night before Christmas." The stamp was designed by Steven Dohanos and was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 1 billion.
Postal Bulletin (September 28, 1972).
National Gallery of Art. "The Collection." http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/gg40/gg40-41322.0.html.