“Brown paper packages tieed up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.” While those lyrics from a popular Christmas song, My Favorite Things, might describe how a recipient feels about getting a Christmas package, it might not necessarily be how many of us feel about getting our holiday packages ready to mail.

This time of year, boxing, labeling and getting those packages to the post office, is both time consuming and probably a bit challenging. It gets even more frustrating if we are not packaging and labeling the box correctly or getting it to the post office in a timely manner.

The United States Postal Service wants to help us mail our packages correctly, which, in turn, will get them to their destination on time, and that means there will be happy faces this holiday season.

Daniel Brennan, Officer in Charge at the Cut Bank Post Office, had lots of good information to share on mailing your holiday packages. “We generally recommend the earlier you can get your gifts to your friends and relatives, the greater chance everything has of being under their Christmas tree on Christmas Day.”

This year, the Post Office mailing dates are as follows. For ground delivery, mail your packages by Dec. 15. For first-class mail, mailing must be done by Dec. 17. For priority mail, mail by Dec. 18 and if you are mailing by priority mail express, those must be mailed by Dec. 23.

Brennan said if you are shipping packages overseas, it would be a good idea to stop in at your local post office and pick up a customs form and then have it filled out when you come back to the post office with your packages. “This can save you time, as well as us, especially with the longer lines we have at this time of year.”

If you need supplies to pack your Christmas boxes for mailing, address your packages, need a box for shipping or materials to seal your packages, you can pick up just about everything you will need at your local post office.

“We are happy to assist all of our customers on what the best options are for their shipping needs,” Brennan said.

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