It's crunch time at the post office. Nationwide, today is considered one of the busiest shipping days of the year. If you want that gift under the tree by Christmas morning, timing is everything. Around the holidays, long lines at the post office come with the territory, as packages of all shapes and sizes head to far away destinations. Michael Donato, USPS operations manager reported, "I've seen all kinds of gifts from skis to fishing poles. All kinds of packages." The United States Postal Service estimates between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 19 billion letters and packages travel around the country. Steve Oakes of Wilmington said, "Every other year, I've waited till January to do it. So I decided to go ahead and get it there on time this time." When asked if she realized this was the busiest mailing day, Linda Kleckner replied, “No I didn't until I had to drive around three times to find a parking space." To keep the holiday season jolly for customers, employees are working around the clock to make sure deliveries are made on time. With the ease of e-mail, mail volume has been declining for some time, but that all changes around the holidays. Independent shipping companies like mailbox express have seen the same increase in business. Harry Van, Mailbox Express owner said, "It's actually been busier than we thought it would be today. We've had a steady stream, sometimes 8 or 10 people in line waiting hour after hour so we are really pleased." Just remember, as we get closer and closer to Christmas, you can expect shipping costs to get higher. Anything going out Monday is guaranteed to end up under the tree by Christmas. It's a good idea to insure your packages, in case of damages or lost shipments. The absolute last day to send your letters and packages for Christmas Eve delivery, is the 23rd.
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