Saturday, December 19, 2015, is the last day to mail presents and Christmas cards for 2015 by First Class Mail and still expect those cards and packages to reach the recipient before Christmas Day.
The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. Additionally, USPS projects that approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve - a 10.5 percent increase over last year.
Monday, December 21, is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates that more than 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.
2015 Christmas Shipping Deadlines
To ensure timely delivery of your cards, letters and packages within the United States by December 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:
- Dec. 19 - First Class Mail - Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
- Dec. 19 – Global Express Guaranteed
- Dec. 21 - Priority Mail - Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options.
- Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express - Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.
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