Tips for Christmas Mailings

December 16, 2002
Posted at: 10:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The time to get your gifts in the mail for Christmas is getting short. The U.S. Postal service said Monday was probably the busiest mailing day of the season.

At the Jonesboro processing facility, a normal Monday has about 85,000 pieces of mail processed. Monday, however, postal workers expected to stamp around 110 thousand pieces. Postmaster Hillary Adams recommends the following to ensure that any gift you mail gets to its destination on time.

  • Make sure all information is on the packages, especially:
    • Insurance requirements
    • Confirmation
    • Delivery time
  • Complete addresses and return addresses.

"It's a good idea to put one address inside the package," Adams said. "Both where it's from and who it's going to on the inside as well as the outside."

When it comes to the type of delivery, Adams says most people are now going with Priority Mail, which takes about two to three days. The longer the wait means that more people will use Express Mail, which is a one to two day delivery.

For the last minute shoppers the USPS offers the following list of latest dates your packages must be in the mail in order for them to arrive by Christmas:

  • Priority Mail:
    • Non-local delivery must be mailed by Friday, December 20
    • Local delivery must be in by Monday, December 23
  • Express Mail:
    • Non-local delivery deadline is Saturday, December 21
    • Local delivery is Monday, December 23

All post offices will be open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. The main post office in downtown Jonesboro, and the office in Nettleton will also be extending their hours to 4 p.m. on Saturday.