Prepare to wait at the post office |

Prepare to wait at the post office

The deadline is quickly approaching to get holiday packages mailed in time for a Christmas delivery and post offices around the state expect Monday to be the busiest day of the year.Post offices expect to handle three or four times the usual mail volume and serve two to three times more customers than a normal day. To make sure the process goes quicker once you reach the end of the line, use these guidelines:- When preparing packages, use a strong, sturdy box without writing on the outside. Use newspaper or bubble wrap to protect contents. Include addressee name and address on a piece of paper inside the package.- Seal package with strong tape. Do not use paper or string on the outside. Make sure to print full return address and delivery information on the package.- Purchasing delivery confirmation and/or insurance for your package is encouraged.- For delivery by Christmas, mail out of state packages by Tuesday, Dec. 21. For in-state destinations, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 22. After these days, use Express Mail only.- Express Mail is the only way to get overseas military and international deliveries to their destinations by Christmas.- Mail your packages on-line using free pickup. Go to and navigate to Click-N-Ship.

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