Submitted by ub on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:31

t’s beginning to look a lot like like Christmas at USPS. And it will really be the busiest week for the US Postal Service as it anticipates what should be the busiest mailing time of the year.

USPS takes a good licking with 600 million pieces of mail processed today. This is their busiest day of the year.

Postal Service officials predict more than 658 million cards, letters and packages will be mailed in one day, compared to 528 million pieces on an average day. The Postal Service expects to deliver 17.9 billion cards, letters and packages during the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

The Postal Service also reminds customers that December 20th is the last recommended day to send First-Class Mail, in order to have it reach its destination by Christmas Eve. After December 20th, the Postal Service recommends using Priority Mail, a 2-day service to most of the country, and for the ultimate procrastinator, who has not mailed by December 22, the Postal Service recommends using Express Mail, a guaranteed overnight service.

Express Mail can be mailed as late as Christmas Eve at most Post Offices for guaranteed delivery on Christmas Day.

To ensure that your gifts and greetings arrive on time and intact, the Postal Service recommends the following:

Use complete addresses on your cards, letters and packages, including apartment numbers and suite numbers.
Use directionals, such as NE and NW and designations such as St., Ave., and Blvd – and always include the ZIP Code. If you’re unsure of the ZIP Code, go to

When sending packages, use a sturdy container that is designed for shipping, cushion the contents to prevent movement during transit, include a return address inside the package and seal it, using a tape designed for shipping.