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Is the Post Office Open on December 24 Christmas Eve?

Is the Post Office Open on December 24 Christmas Eve

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Is the Post Office Open on December 24 before Christmas Eve? Is there mail service today December 24 in time for Christmas delivery? For more Federal employees, Friday December 24 will be treated as a federal holiday. That is not the case for the post office.

Today, many federal, state, and local agencies will be closed or subject to half day hours; court houses will be dark or closing early; and related agencies and services will be closed or open for limited hours. Says OPM “December 25, 2010 (the legal public holiday for Christmas Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, December 24, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)”

But Post Offices are open today December 24. Post offices tomorrow December 25 will be closed.

Note: many Post Offices today December 24 will be open for limited hours. “All Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, but most will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Mail delivery for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 is not affected by the change. Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office and commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 hours of operation” says the Post Office in a news statement issued this week.

Customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS for information about specific Post Offices.

Each year, the OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management), issues that year’s schedule for recognized Federal holidays. The Post Office will also be closed Saturday, December 25 Christmas Day and Saturday, January 1, 2011 New Year’s Day but open on December 24, 2010.

And if you are wondering, Post Office closures on December 25 do not affect Santa’s delivery schedule. Santa will be delivering on December 25 on time, as promised.

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