Lines grow at local post offices as final shipping dates for Christmas near

Image by Flickr user zackjones Packages queue up for their holiday trek.

No surprises here, Christmas is fast approaching and lines at local post office branches are fast growing.

As for getting your package there in time for the Christmas morning unwrap, today, December 20, is the last day to send first-class mail. Come December 21 and you'll have to send by priority mail, and come Saturday, December 22, you'll have to send it express.

So, better get it done today.

Just remember, if you're planning on shipping on December 24, most branches will close at noon and remain closed on Christmas Day. And mail will likely be collected early on the 24th from the blue mail deposit boxes.

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