Busiest day of the year at the U.S. Postal Service

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - At the main post office in Utica on Pitcher Street Monday afternoon, Lou Robertelli lifted his three year old son up so he could put each of the 50 or so holiday cards they were mailing out, in the mail slot.

The Robertellis's were not alone on this, the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service expects more than 800 million cards, letters and packages will be mailed on this day alone.

At the main post office in Utica was steady all day, and it seems no matter who you talk to, they say they may have waited a few extra minutes in line, but all in all, things moved rather quickly.

If you did not receive a card this year from some people you may have received one from in the past, it may not be because they don't care about you anymore, or it has not gotten to your home yet, it may be because of the economy.

Kay Lanaux of Utica says she is sending out fewer cards and gifts this year. She said, "I got as mush as I was able to get out, you know, the economy is not what it used to be and I would have liked to have sent more, but I did the best I could."

Monday was the Postal Service's recommended deadline to get cards and letters to their destinations in time for Christmas.

The Postal Service says you can still send out packages on Tuesday using Priority Mail to get them to their destinations by Friday, and for you serious procrastinator who may wait until Wednesday, you will then have to use Express Mail to get them there in time for Christmas.

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