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Mail carriers feeling the holiday rush

Make sure you thank your mail carrier over the coming weeks as holiday shipping hits a yuletide peak. The United States Postal Service considers this week their busiest of the holiday season. According to the Washington Post, approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards will be sent this year. That is in addition to the more than 50 million packages sent via USPS. For postal worker Brad Allen, bringing a piece of Christmas to those along his route is a great joy, but it is also a tiring stretch.

With the later delivery times, Allen asks that homeowners keep their lights on so mail carriers can safely get to and from their mailboxes. He also suggests putting your Christmas cards and letters in a plastic bag so they can get from your mailbox to his truck as dry as possible.


Your Christmas cards and packages have to be in the mail by December 17th for them to get to their destination on time this holiday season. If you are running behind, you have until December 19th to send it via Priority Mail or December 23rd via Priority Express Mail, though those two options will cost you extra money.

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