It’s in the mail
Packages aren't always found underneath the tree during the holiday season. More and more often, packages are arriving at people's homes by mail.
In fact, Baldwin City Postmaster Sarah Wilson said the post offices always see an increase in packages after Thanksgiving.
But in order to make sure those holiday packages get to the people they're supposed to, Wilson said there are some things that need to be remembered.
"Try to bring them in all ready to go," she said.
That includes having the package cushioned and sealed well, with a correct address printed clearly on the outside.
"Use a good sturdy box," she said. "The container needs to be strong enough to hold its contents."
The contents also need to be secure inside the container.
"Use plenty of styrofoam pellets and bubble wrap, especially if it's a glass item," she said.
Use clear mailing tape to close the containers, she said, and write the mailing addresses and a return addresses directly on the boxes.
"Don't use string. It gets in the machinery," she said. "And don't wrap the containers in paper because it will come off."
To be on the safe side, Wilson said it's also a good idea to include return addresses inside the packages.
She said the post offices will usually only accept well-packaged items up to 70 pounds. Those weighing more than 16 ounces must be brought into the post office and given to a clerk who can ask about the contents.
"Don't try to dump packages into the outside drops if they weigh more than 16 ounces," she said. "They will be sent back."
While Wilson encourages packages to be mailed early, she said it's never too late to send a holiday package for those who don't mind paying a little more.
"We can express mail to most cities overnight," she said. "We'll even be delivering on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day."
But because the holiday season is a popular time to send packages, Wilson said don't be surprised if the mail carriers are a little behind on their routes.
"They'll have four to five times the amount of normal packages," she said. "The carriers will be later than normal."