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Important dates for holiday mailing


The late Thanksgiving holiday means there's less time to send holiday packages this year.

We're just three and a half weeks away from Christmas. For the United States Postal Service, that means it's almost crunch time.

"It's definitely our busiest time of year, trying to handle everybody's mailing needs," said Gary Gutowski from the Wausau Post Office.

The post office has several dates you should keep in mind. The first is less than two weeks away – December 14. You need to send your standard mail by then to make it under the tree for Christmas.

First class mail needs to go out by December 20, and priority mail has to go out the day after that.

If you like last minute pressure, you can send your gifts by priority express. The deadline for that is December 23.

"Every single year we have that, there's always procrastinators," said Gutowski.

That's why Vicki Tylka is sending her mail now.

"I think it's important to make sure it gets there on time and to really avoid the crowds," said Tylka.

The United States Postal Service expects to ship more than 15 billion pieces of mail this month alone.

"We are seeing an influx already," said Gutowski.

The busiest day for USPS is expected on December 16th.

"The closer you get to the deadline, that's when the crowds start to back up in the lobby," said Gutowski.

To avoid that, postal workers say mail early and you won't have that problem.

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