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Christmas is next week and with social distancing in effect more people are shipping holiday gifts to family and friends. The U.S. Postal Service is prepping for this busy week of the holiday mailing and shipping season.

Dec. 14 through Dec. 21 is traditionally busy, but 2020 has been “an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the USPS is expecting significant increases in the volume of mail and packages.

To help you make sure your packages arrive to their destination by Christmas Day, check out the tips below! (Via MLive)

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:

  • Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service
  • Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 18 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express service

As an additional reminder, mail and packages weighing more than 10 ounces and/or measuring more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a retail associate at your local Post Office.

Certain items may have restrictions or prohibitions when it comes to sending through the mail. You can review a list of hazardous, restricted and perishable mail to make sure your packages are OK to send!