Worry not, procrastinating shippers, it's not too late -- yet.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, the U.S. Postal Service is in the middle of a holiday mailing period that will see billions of pieces of mail processed. On Monday alone -- the busiest mailing day of the year -- postal workers will process nearly 1 billion cards, letters, packages and magazines, according to the latest estimates.
If you're still rushing to get gifts in the mail, there's time to them there by Dec. 25. Here's what you need to know:
When's the deadline?
For shipping within the Unites States, Thursday is the deadline to ship First Class Mail and Priority Mail. Dec. 22 is the deadline to ship using Express Mail, and Saturday is the deadline to ship using Parcel Post, the most economical service.
Nonmilitary international mail can be sent via Express Mail as late as Wednesday to arrive by Christmas Day, according to the Postal Service.
For more holiday mailing information, visit www.usps.com.
What's the best time of day for a short line at the post office?
Rock Hill Postmaster Brian Forte says mid-morning is your best bet. You're likely to only find a few customers in line.
Where can I mail?
Rock Hill has three post office locations: Main branch, 206 S. Wilson St.; Ebenezer station, 2191 Ebenezer Road; and a Cherry Road location at 725 Cherry Road, Suite 169. There is also a contract post office at Winthrop University.
In York County, you also can mail at post offices in Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York, Clover, Lake Wylie, McConnells and Catawba.
For a complete list of locations, visit www.usps.com.
Will any local post offices have extended hours?
Not in Rock Hill, Forte said. Branch hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, except for the Cherry Road location, which is closed Saturdays. Hours may vary slightly at other York County locations.
-- Herald staff