People rush to post office before Christmas shipping deadlines

Time running out on holiday mailing, shipping, delivery arriving by Christmas

Anything sent after this date will arrive after Christmas. Her son also got to visit with Santa in the lobby of the post office.

"You know, it's for my sister", a customer said.

She said the postal service expects to process and delivery almost 3 billion pieces of first-class mail, including greeting cards, this week.

The holidays always brings with it the busiest shipping season of the year. "It's about three times more items than the next busiest day".

The United States Postal Service expects to deliver 3-billion pieces of First Class mail this week alone. USPS expects to deliver more than 6 million packages each Sunday in December.

"The returns will go up to President's Day", said Lotito.

Patience will be a virtue as you mail those last minute packages and cards this week.

Final delivery is this Saturday with Post Offices closing at half one.

"Make sure you know your rights this Christmas just in case something unexpected happens to your delivery".

"They've been having lots of activities, so I've been up and down the highway", Norwood said. Pilots at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Air Transport Services Group, which serve DHL and Amazon, said staffing shortages could lead to delivery delays, according to a survey by their union.

It's the week before Christmas, which means it's getting close to crunch time when stores are filled with last-minute shoppers trying to get that ideal gift for a loved one or friend.

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