In addition to regular collection times, the U.S. Postal Service’s Tennessee District will collect mail from most collection boxes in the state by 10 a.m. on weekdays from now until Christmas.

“To help expedite the increase in cards and letters during the holiday season, we are making additional runs so that mail is processed more quickly,” David J. Dillman, Tennessee District manager, said in a prepared statement. “The Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 18 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Therefore, we are making these extra collections to meet our service standard.”

The Postal Service’s busiest mailing days are Dec. 10 and 17, days when they will see almost triple the normal volume. The busiest delivery day is Dec. 19 for letters and Dec. 20 for packages.

Dillman urges consumers to note the following mail-by dates and reminds that early mailing is the key to your holiday packages arriving on time:


-Dec. 3: Priority mail international
-Dec. 11: Express mail international
-Dec. 14: Parcel post
-Dec. 20: First-class mail
-Dec. 21: Priority mail
-Dec. 22: Express mail