It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and the busiest, too, at least for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
According to the USPS, the busiest mailing day of the year is expected to be Monday, Dec. 16, when post offices across the country are expected to process a combined total of 607 million pieces of mail.
That’s a whole lot of holiday gifts and cards.
Locally, the San Diego Post Office expects a boost in business on Monday. More than 1.8 million holiday cards and letters will be handled by the San Diego Post Office that day, as well as 290,000 packages – up 40 percent from last year.
Meanwhile, for the USPS as a whole, the busiest delivery day for holiday cards and letters will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the busiest delivery day for packages will be Thursday, Dec. 19.
In all, the USPS expects to deliver 14.7 billion cards and letters and 420 million packages this holiday season, through Christmas Day.
By the way, Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes are available for free at local post offices, or can be ordered for free on the USPS website or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24. Postage, mailing labels and customs forms can also be printed out online.