"There is some discussion about a more secular Christmas stamp next year , but there is no question of phasing out the religious stamps.
"The crib will still be in the GPO," said public affairs manager Angus Laverty.
He added "the secular option" may be introduced next year. This would not be because of any ruling, but in recognition of changed times and a more multicultural society.
This year's 55c stamp is a blue and red image of the Madonna and child from a 1530 painting.
The painting by an unnamed Flemish artist is taken from a prayer book in the Chester Beatty Library.
Christmas postal traffic has bucked the year-long trend which saw volumes fall by 10pc.
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