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Wisconsin post offices busy Monday with cards, packages for Christmas


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Christmas is only a week away – and Wisconsin post offices were busy Monday as folks mailed cards they wrote during the weekend.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday was the busiest mailing day of the year, with over 85 million items expected to be processed nationwide.

With the economy at least a little better, the Postal Service expects a 20 percent increase from a year ago in the numbers of cards, letters, and packages sent during the holidays. Over 15 billion items are expected to be mailed.

Karen Cronin tells Madison’s WKOW-TV that lots of people had wrapped up their holiday shopping and card-writing this past weekend – and the city’s west side delivery station had a full staff on hand to handle the added volume.

To make sure your items get delivered by Christmas, the Postal Service suggests that first-class mail be sent by Thursday, Priority Mail items by Friday, and Express Mail before Saturday.