Postal Service Sets Holiday Hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says about 7,000 post offices will be open for extended hours during the holiday season.

It expects nearly a billion cards, letters and packages to be mailed December 17th, the busiest day of the season. That includes 275 million cards and letters. The average daily volume for cards and letters is 82 million.

The Postal Service is also encouraging people to avoid lines by using automated postal centers, which are open 24 hours a day.

In November it issued a deadline of December 15th for packages sent using the least expensive option, parcel post, to arrive by Christmas. For parcels sent first class or priority mail, the deadline is December 20th.

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

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