Deadlines Approach for Sending Holiday Mail by Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Procrastinators beware, the deadline for sending holiday mail is fast approaching.

The Postal Service is reminding customers that cards and packages going to members of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by December 4th to arrive before Christmas.

Officials say military mail headed to other overseas destinations should be sent by December 11th.

People sending mail within the U.S. have a little more leeway.

The Postal Service suggests sending domestic packages using the least expensive option, parcel post, by December 15th. For mail sent first class or priority, the last day is December 20th.

Customers have until December 22nd to send Christmas packages by express mail.

Officials expect to deliver about 20 billion cards, packages and letters between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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