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USPS Predicts Busy Mail Season For Christmas

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) If you didn't wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, you probably were in line to mail your packages at the post office this morning. And you weren't alone, either.

If your post office is as busy as the one in Twin Falls, you won't be surprised that nationwide, the US Postal Service is expecting to deliver 365 million packages this holiday season. That's a 20 percent increase from last year.

Twin Falls Postmaster John Wiest says, "Locally for Idahoans, we anticipate mailing out one million cards soon. Nationwide they expect about 350 million Christmas cards, as well as 350 million packages throughout the US."

Wiest says plenty of folks got their Christmas shopping done this past weekend, and that's why this is the busiest mail day of the year. Letter carrier Marvin Kossman has been delivering letters for the post office for 23 years, and he's delivered his share of holiday packages, cards, and letters.

Kossman says, "Well I don't know the numbers particularly, but there is a lot of cards, letters, and packages this time of year. It's really, really good for the Postal Service."

Wiest says if you want to get your packages where they're going in time for Christmas, you don't have a lot of time left.
Here are your deadlines: Thursday December 20th for First Class Mail, December 21st for Priority Mail, and Express Mail Guaranteed for Christmas Eve is Saturday December 22nd.

Wiest says, "People love getting something they can touch and read and see pictures in. And as far as packages go, we actually expect to get 20% more packages this year than we had last year. So the package business is still going."

The US Postal Service is expecting Americans to mail roughly 650 million Christmas cards and packages this year alone. So if you haven't mailed your packages yet, be careful out there.

Dec. 17, 2012.


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