It's the busiest time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service. More than 420 million packages are expected to be delivered this Christmas season – a 12 percent increase over 2012, according to Leisa Tolliver-Gay, spokesperson for the USPS.
The Postal Service is anticipating a record-breaking increase in package deliveries as a result of consumers' fondness for shopping online. Nearly 14.7 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between the Thanksgiving and New Year's holidays reports Tolliver-Gay.
“The busiest mailing day for holiday packages and cards will be Monday, Dec. 16,” stated Tolliver-Gay, “when more than 607 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed – compared to 538 million on an average day. The busiest day for letters will be Wednesday, Dec. 18 and the busiest day for packages will be Dec. 19.”
All Post Offices will be open Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 and New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Some will have shortened retail lobby hours and close at noon. Check with your local Post Office to find out their operating hours those days. Revised hours for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 operation will be posted at each Post Office. Customers are encouraged to go online to usps.com or call 1-800-ASK-USPS to for information about specific Post Offices in your area.
Mail delivery for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will be the same as any other Tuesday.
Mail deposited in the blue collection mailboxes should be done so before noon for early pickups on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
Post Offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. Only Priority Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year's Day in most areas.
Post Offices will resume regular business hours on Thursday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 2.
The most up-to-date holiday information is available at usps.com/holidaynews.