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USPS Hours Shorten on Christmas, New Year’s Eves

Locations will be open but will close at noon.

Online sellers will be able to drop off packages at their local post offices on Christmas and New Year’s eves.

Officials report offices will be open, but USPS hours will shorten on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31., as most offices will close at noon. Blue collection boxes with final collection times of before noon will not be affected by the shorter hours of operation, officials add. However, merchants must have items they want to ship out on Christmas and New Year’s eves in boxes before noon to make sure they are collected on those days.

USPS offices will close on Christmas and New Year’s days. Only Express Mail will be delivered then. Normal USPS hours will resume on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, officials report.

USPS expects 365 million packages to be delivered this holiday season—a 20 percent increase compared to 2011. The busiest day is expected to be Dec. 17, when more than 655 million pieces of mail are predicted to be processed. The busiest day for packages is expected to be Dec. 20.

“This is one of the most exciting and busiest times of the year for the postal service. Whether you’re sending a holiday card to Kentucky or military care package to Afghanistan, our employees do what it takes to process and deliver every single one,” notes Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and chief executive officer.

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