People rush to post office before Christmas shipping deadlines

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We had a steady stream of people coming in with packages to ship.

You can avail of express post tomorrow if you really need to get something delivered and can't make it to the post office today.

"This post office has had a "Santa Service" for about 30 years or more", said Christina McComas, postmaster at the Virginia Street West Post Office.

"They better hurry", Halfman says of people who have yet to mail their packages and/or cards.

"This is the busiest week, it started off with Monday", said Customer Services Manager, Richard Lotito.

The USPS is expecting to deliver about 15 billion pieces of mail and 850 million packages this holiday season. "It's about three times more items than the next busiest day".

With that in mind, perhaps it's time to make this the year that you finally post your presents promptly.

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Overall, retailers are wrapping their arms around e-commerce fulfillment but "are still struggling", said Alex Vlasto, vice president of marketing at StellaService.

"The Postal Service is well-prepared to meet our customers' needs during the holiday season, especially as demand for package deliveries continues to grow", said Megan J. Brennan, postmaster general and CEO.

Sarah Hollenbeck, a shopping and savings expert with Offers.com, says as Christmas quickly approaches, many consumers are still on the hunt for that ideal gift.

"I know from a national perspective that (online shopping) has picked up, which means shipping has picked up", she said.

At UPS, Thursday December 21st is the deadline, but you might still have a chance if you wait until Friday.

Post office employees said the last day for Priority Shipping is December 20 and the last day for Priority Express is December 22.

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