Santa's helpers at the Postal Service are getting ready for their busiest time of the year.
The agency expects to handle 20 (b) billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up slightly from last year. Officials say the peak day for mailing should be Monday, December 20th, as people send out cards the weekend before Christmas, with the busiest delivery day expected two days later.
If you want your letters and packages to arrive on time, make sure the recipients' and return addresses are printed clearly, and use the correct ZIP code.
Post offices will be doing their part by offering extended hours, including some Sundays. Stamps are available by phone, online and at post offices, stores and ATMs.