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Ensure Your Mailed Holiday Gifts and Cards Reach Their Destinations by Christmas Eve

Thursday, Dec. 20 is the last recommended day to send First-Class Mail. Find out the last recommended day to send Priority Mail.

Want that package or card to reach its recipient by Christmas Eve?

The United States Postal Service reminds customers that Thursday, Dec. 20 is the last recommended day to send First-Class Mail to have it reach its destination by Christmas Eve. Barrow County residents have several USPS location to choose from when mailing cards and packages — Bethlehem, the preferred choice for many residents, Auburn, Statham and Winder.  

After Dec. 20, the postal service recommends using Priority Mail, a 2-day service, and for the ultimate procrastinator who has not mailed by Saturday, Dec. 22, the Postal Service recommends using Express Mail, a guaranteed overnight service.

To ensure that your gifts and greetings arrive on time and intact, the Postal Service recommends the following:

  • Use complete addresses on your cards, letters and packages, including apartment numbers and suite numbers.
  • Use directionals, such as NE and NW and designations such as St., Ave., and Blvd. — and always include the ZIP Code. If you’re unsure of the ZIP Code, visit www.usps.com.
  • When sending packages, use a sturdy container designed for shipping, cushion the contents to prevent movement during transit, include a return address inside the package and seal it, using a tape designed for shipping.

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