Sales of Christmas stamps have increased year-on-year for the first time in more than a decade.

An Post says sales of the stamps are running at 4% ahead of last year's figures.

Previous years had seen sales fall by between 8% and 10 %.

An Post says it's "Elf on the Shelf" series of stamps have been selling strongly since early November.

Earlier this year, the company released some new Christmas ads which feature Irish people who won’t be spending Christmas with family this year: