Saturday Is Deadline For Christmas Mail

It's four days until Christmas — or two postal business days. Those who haven't mailed their Christmas cards or gifts yet, should hurry to the post office. Tomorrow is the last day for mail to arrive in time for Christmas Day.


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If you want it to arrive by Christmas, today is the last day to send out mail without having to pay for Express Mail. The U.S. Postal Service says Priority Mail — which is still somewhat more expensive than first class — will get your letter or package to its destination by Christmas Day.

Mail sent out tomorrow will arrive by Dec. 25 only if mailed as Express Mail, which costs upward of $18 dollars.

Dionne Montague is with Houston’s U.S. Postal Service branch. She says delivery time during the busy period leading up to Christmas and New Year’s is the same as the rest of the year.

“Delivery standards stay the same throughout the year. We do hire the temporary employees or the seasonal employees to fill in the load to make sure nothing does change with our delivery standards.”

She says the busiest mailing day was Tuesday when more than 658 million pieces of mail were processed. Wednesday was the busiest day for delivery. But the entire period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s stays extremely busy.

“Between that period, we usually process about 17 billion pieces, which includes letters, postcards and packages nationwide.”

While most pieces mailed today and tomorrow will arrive on Dec. 24, some mail will be delivered on Christmas Day.