Down to the wire for Christmas packages |

Down to the wire for Christmas packages

Time is running out for last-minute shoppers to mail packages and holiday cards. But there is still hope according to US Postal Service Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer Patrick R. Donahoe.

“Holiday shoppers should get their first-class mail to us by Dec. 20 to ensure delivery before Christmas Day,” Donahoe said.

For the last-minute shoppers, the USPS will accept Express Mail up to Dec. 23.

“If you get it to us, we’ll get it there,” Donahoe said.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 19 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The USPS also offers free package pickup that can be arranged online at Also, mailing labels, international mailing products and custom forms are available online as well.

All post offices nationwide will be open on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, but most will shorten retail lobby hours and will close by noon. Regular delivery for Dec. 24 will be unaffected by the change.

Revised hours will be posted at each post office, and commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for Dec. 24 hours of operation. Customers may call 1 (800) ASK-USPS for information about specific post offices.

Post offices will be closed Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25. Express mail only will be delivered on Christmas Day, and all other post offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume Friday, Dec. 26.

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