One-billion pieces of mail is a lot for the post office to handle in just a week, but that's how much postal workers will have to deal with as this Monday is historically the busiest mailing day of the year.
Even if you didn't mail out your packages Monday, there still is time. To get the cheapest rates, you probably needed to stop by the post office on this day, but you can still get a package sent by Christmas.
However, the longer you wait, the more it's going to cost and the less likely it will get there in time. Make way for the postal service! With only a week left before Christmas, mail carriers have a lot of sorting to do.
"Well I wanted to make sure my packages got there in time so I heard this morning that this is the last day to be sure that you get them there in time, so decided I better come out today," said Ann Marie Leonard, who mailed some gifts Monday.
Monday was the last day you could get standard shipping rates on your Christmas packages, but if you still have to mail out those Christmas cards, you only have a few days left. So, there is no time to waste.
"Well, because I always like to leave a little extra time so that they actually get delivered by Christmas," said Denise Hoodock, who also mailed some packages Monday.
And the longer you wait, the more you'll have to pay.
"We'll always get the few procrastinators that will drop in, but usually, today, tomorrow, you can still get in and mail priority mail which is two to three days and it will still arrive there on the Monday before, if it gets closer to the end of the week, by Friday or Saturday, your only option is pretty much going to be express mail, which is a little bit more expensive, but it will guarantee it there by Monday," said Todd Townsend, the customer service supervisor.
With the main concern of getting packages sent on time, some people even forgot about sending out their Christmas cards.
"I was away for a week and so I got behind, but that's on my list for this week, hopefully they'll get them the day after Christmas," said Leonard.
In the next few days, if you receive a pink slips in the mail, the post office recommends that you come in the next day to pick up your package so workers have time to sort it out alphabetically and it will be more efficient for you to pick up at the window as opposed to waiting.