Originally created 12/17/05

Deadlines near to send holiday cheer



While Santa is getting ready for his busiest day of the year, workers for the U.S. Postal Service are doing the same.

"We do expect Monday to be our busiest day by far," said James Sizemore, the postmaster for the Augusta Post Office. "Everybody knows that this is our time to shine."

Whether it's a Christmas card to grandma or a letter to the big guy at the North Pole, the post office is ready for the rush.

"We're in about as good a shape as we have been in a while," he said.

Santa Claus even has a special helper at the Augusta Post Office for any mail that might be addressed to him in the days leading up to Christmas, the postmaster said.

There's been quite a bit of Christmas mail up to this point, but post office employees know "we haven't seen anything yet," Mr. Sizemore said.

According to the Postal Service, more than 20 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

The postal service recommends printing addresses clearly and including the complete addresses of the person receiving the card or package and a complete return address.

For anyone yet to send Christmas cards, letters are usually delivered the next day if mailed from within the city to an Augusta address, Mr. Sizemore said.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

Post office deadlines



Christmas card deadlines

Depending on where the card is going, it could get there as quickly as the next day.

In town: Overnight

Out of town: Overnight to two days

Out of state: Overnight to three days



Source: Augusta Post Office

Letters to Santa



Before Santa Claus packs up his sleigh and leaves the North Pole, children can still lobby for that special toy. Letters to Santa can be sent to his home at the following address:



Santa

123 Main Street

North Pole, NY 12946



Source: United States Postal Service