With Christmas less than a week away a lot of people will be running to the post office and shelling out tons for overnight delivery just to make sure they get their packages there on time. So, as you can imagine, things are going to be a little crazy at your local post office.
The U.S. Postal Service reports that this week is expected to be the busiest week for the holiday mailing and shipping season, with three billion pieces of mail, including packages, being processed and delivered this week alone.
And to make sure packages get to their destination on time, many postal workers will be working on Sundays, with most major cities currently getting Sunday delivery. Plus, the postal service plans to expand Sunday delivery in some locations, and some mail carriers will even deliver Priority Mail express packages on Christmas Day.
But if you really want your package at its destination before Christmas, you really need to pay attention to deadlines because they are coming up fast. Here are the postal service’s recommended deadlines, although that doesn’t actually guarantee your package will be there when you want it.
- December 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- December 20 – First-class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- December 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December. 20 – Priority Mail
- December 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December 22 – Priority Mail Express