JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The deadline for holiday shipping is on. Just after 7 o'clock Monday morning, a line had formed at Jackson's main post office downtown. Most customers were there for one reason.
Postal customer Mary Jackson said, "I'm trying to mail out some letters for Christmas."
Hollis Allen, another postal customer said, "I'm on my way to work and I want to get a letter out to Germany."
Monday marks the busiest mail processing day for the U.S Post Office. More than 800 million items will go through post offices across the country.
Wanda Flaggs shipped a holiday package to Illinois and needs it back in Jackson by Friday.
Flaggs said, "I took a chance in hoping they would be open, so I could get the package out earlier and it'll get where it needs to be."
In addition to being very busy, Monday also marks the deadline to guarantee certain shipments are delivered before Christmas.
Jackson postmaster Stephen Hardin said, "For cards and Christmas letters, today is the recommended day that you need to put it in the mail stream, for packages, you'll need to use priority mail and that deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday."
To avoid waiting in those long expected lines, you can use an automated mailing center to mail packages and letters. They're located at each of the Jackson post offices.
Hardin says they are "very easy, simple to use, very self-explanatory, but also everything you can do here at the post office you can do at home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
And if you don't want to walk into the post office at all, an employee will come to you.
"You can print postage, you can print labels, you can order where we'll actually drop the boxes off, you can go online or call and we'll pick that same package up for you so you never have to leave the home," said Hardin.
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