Time running out to mail Christmas packagesby Bob Kelleher, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — Time is running out if you still haven't mailed your Christmas cards or presents.
The U.S. Postal service said Monday is the last day to mail Christmas cards and letters, or priority mail packages, if you expect them delivered by Christmas. Pete Nowacki, Customer Relations Coordinator for the Postal Service in Minneapolis, said there's still one way to get things delivered after today.
After that you're going to want to use Express Mail up to [Dec. 23]," Nowacki said. "Some of the local ones will make it in a day or two, but if you're sending stuff across the country you're going to want to get that in the mail no later than Monday. The same goes for any packages that you would be sending via priority mail."
Nowacki also said Christmas mail volume remains down a little this year, much like last year when mail activity was probably affected by the economic downturn. He noted that rates are about to change on package delivery, with some prices going up January 4. But, he said, stamp prices will stay where they are through the coming year.