Post offices packed on busiest mailing day of year

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It's part of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Shoppers are getting their cards and presents signed, sealed, and sent off before it's too late.

"Definitely busy. It is our busiest day of the year," said Cherie Ferguson, Customer Service Supervisor for the D'Iberville Post Office. "We're going to have double the mail volume."

With less than two weeks left until Christmas, customers lined-up at the D'Iberville Post Office on Monday with packages big and small, plain and festive.

"I have a package going to my daughter in Missouri City, TX," said Linda Parker of Woolmarket.

"I have a small package going to my mother-in-law in Winter Park, FL," said Lynn Seymour of Ocean Springs. "It's a diamond bracelet."

For Lynn Seymour, shipping her gifts on the busiest mailing day of the year is an annual tradition.

"Always. I'm so busy at work. I never have time," said Seymour. "I always wait until the last minute. I was in the back of the line, now I'm almost to the front. I'm happy."

Others didn't expect to find such a long line.

"It seems to have grown while we've been standing here," said David McCoy of Gulfport.

McCoy and his wife came up with a simple strategy.

"My wife manned the line, while I put all the gifts in the boxes," he said.

To make the wait less frustrating, postal employee Scott Stafford delivered some holiday cheer.

"Free entertainment today," Stafford told the crowd.

Customers laughed when his elf hat started to wiggle and sing the tune "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas."

"My co-workers bought this hat for me and told me I had to wear it," said Stafford. "Breaks up the time and everybody has a little fun with it."

The postal employees are in a jolly mood, despite having to process more than 1,000 letters and packages in one day.

"Trying to get everybody's packages out and on the road and where they need to be before Christmas," said Stafford.

Procrastinators don't have to panic.  You can still use Priority or Express to mail your packages. There are mailing deadlines, though, and you will have to pay more for those services.