Postal workers to be as busy as Santa this week; get your cards out by Tuesday

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Postal Service)

This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the U.S. Postal Service. The organization expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of first-class mail, including greeting cards this week alone, according to a news release. The Postal Service also expected to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week Dec. 11-24.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, USPS expected to deliver more than 850 million packages, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the same period last year.

USPS expects to deliver more than 6 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver priority mail express packages on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, in select locations.


The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25:*

· Dec. 19 – First-class mail (including greeting cards)

· Dec. 20 – Priority mail

· Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland priority mail express

· Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland priority mail and first-class mail

· Dec. 21 – Alaska to mainland priority mail express

· Dec. 22 – Priority mail express