The Postal Service has some advice for people who want to make sure that their packages and letters will arrive at their destinations before Christmas.
If you are using First-Class Mail, Thursday, Dec. 20 is the last recommended day for mailing to have the correspondence reach its destination by Christmas Eve.
After Dec. 20, use Priority Mail, which is a two-day service for most of the country. After Dec. 22, guaranteed overnight Express Mail is recommended. Express Mail can be used as late as Christmas Eve at most post offices for Christmas Day delivery. (Only Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day, according to the U.S. Postal Service website.)
Post offices that are open on Christmas Eve will close at noon that day.
Make sure to use complete addresses--including directionals like NW, NE and so on, designations like St., Ave. and Blvd., plus apartment or suite numbers as needed--on correspondence.
For packages, make sure to use sturdy packaging, use old newspaper or other cushioning to prevent movement of objects during transit and include a return address.
Did you know: The Postal Service is expected to deliver 17.9 billion cards, letters and packages in the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
Here is a list of USPS outlets and other mailing centers in and around Virginia-Highland/Druid Hills:
- 1190 N. Highland Ave. NE
- 3104 Briarcliff Road
- North DeKalb Mall
- 1799 Briarcliff Road
- 3212 Northlake Parkway
- UPS Stores at 2107 N. Decatur Rd. , 3904 North Druid Hills Road, 2566 Shallowford Road, 2484 Briarcliff Road, 2897 North Druid Hills Road
- FedEx Offices at 4805 Briarcliff Road and 2088 North Decatur Road