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'Tis the season for mailing

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By Jesef Williams

You may find that lines at the post office have been getting longer as Christmas nears.

Monday marked the busiest mailing day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, with nearly one billion pieces of mail entering the system – up from a daily average of 703 million pieces.

And today is believed to be the busiest delivery day of the year.

About 20 million pounds of mail is expected to be delivered to military installations around the world this holiday season.

Deadlines, deadlines

If you're trying to get that special gift sent to a distant family member or friend, you don't have time to waste.

- Thursday is the last day to ship First Class Mail and Priority Mail if you want your gift or card to reach its destination by Christmas, according to the Postal Service.

- Saturday is the deadline to ship using Express Mail.

- Today is also the deadline to sent nonmilitary international mail by Express Mail if you want it to arrive by Christmas.

- Fed Ex and UPS will deliver packages through Christmas Eve.

- The Postal Service will deliver mail on Christmas Day through its Express Mail Service.

For more information, visit www.usps.com, www.FedEx.com and www.ups.com.

- Compiled by reporter Jesef Williams