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Don’t miss these important holiday mailing deadlines

Posted at 7:10 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 19:10:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Monday is typically the busiest mailing day of the year, with just 10 days left till Christmas.

The U.S. Postal Service expected to process hundreds of millions of cards, letters and packages on Monday alone.

Over the course of this holiday season, they're expected to process and deliver around 15 and a half billion pieces of mail.

So if you have something to ship, representatives said to expect long lines at the post office and to come prepared.

Or, they suggested, skip the line and do it all from home.

"If you print out the labels and put it on, all you have to do is drop it off here,” said Jane Donaldson, United States Postal Service. “You can order all your shipping supplies, you can print out your labels, you can have the mailman pick it up.”

If you plan on sending anything by standard mail and having it arrive by Christmas, then gifts must be shipped by Dec. 15.

After that, you'll have to pay more.

First class mail will have to be mailed by this Saturday, Dec. 19.

Priority will have to be mailed by Monday, Dec. 21, one week from today.

Packages can be mailed as late as December 23. But you'll have to pay for priority express.