Holly jolly frivolity

Santa’s helpers take center stage with the Postal Service’s latest Forever stamps, Holiday Elves, to be issued on Sept. 15.

The whimsical stamps depict four of Santa’s helpers cheerfully working on an assembly line filled with good things like presents and candy.

No lumps of coal are in sight.

The stamps are se tenant, which means they work together as a single scene or as individual images.

The design and color palette — largely teal, turquoise, red and white — have a retro, mid-20th-century feel that adds to the playful spirit.

Artist and designer Don Clark sketched the illustrations by hand and then finished the images digitally. Antonio Alcalá was art director.

The stamps come in booklets of 20 and will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.