Monett Postmaster Mike Williams reminds postal customers that there are only a few days left to ship Christmas cards and packages to ensure their arrival by Dec. 25.
"Priority packages should be mailed no later than Wednesday, Dec. 22," Williams said. "But I would encourage people to get them in earlier.
"Those who wait until Dec. 23 to mail can still get their packages to their destinations by express mail, but they'll pay for it. It's expensive."
The Postal Service also offers packaging by either box or envelope form for customer convenience.
"We have three different sizes of boxes, and if it fits, it ships," Williams said. Cost on those boxes is $4.95 for small, $10.70 for medium and $14.50 for large.
Williams said that so far, Monday and Tuesday seem to have been the busiest mailing days of the season.
"We've seen several greeting cards go out," he said. "I've even run out of Christmas stamps and have to order more."
Customers should also take care in packaging gifts for shipping this holiday season. Some suggestions are:
* Make sure packages can withstand processing without the contents or the box breaking.
* Cushion items with bubble wrap or foam peanuts so the contents don't shift during transport.
* Wrap each item separately when packing multiple items in the same box.
* Remove batteries from electronic devices and wrap them separately.
* Place an extra address label for both delivery and return inside the package.
* Always use tape designed for sealing shipping boxes.