Royal Mail unveil 2012 Christmas stamps

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Father Christmas stamp

A selection of special Christmas stamps, designed by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Schleffer, has been unveiled by Royal Mail.

Schleffer, who's worked with author Julia Donaldson on most of her hit books, has given his own take on five traditional festive scenes.

The stamps show a Father Christmas, as well as Christmas Trees, robins and a reindeer.

Axel said: "It's been an interesting and enjoyable experience."

"I hope they'll add a little extra colour and fun to the festive season."

Axel Schleffer stamp showing cat with mouse in Christmas tree