LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Is the Post Office Open on December 24, ahead of Christmas Eve? Mail service for December 24 Christmas Eve will be offered yet again this year but not on Christmas Day December 25. This week, the Post Office tells news and reminds consumers that it will be business as usual on December 24. With only one federal holiday left for the year, Christmas Eve is prompting confusion yet again for people heading to the Post Office this week.
Monday marked the biggest day of the holiday season for the Post Office. With most packages needed to be shipped by Monday for Christmas Eve delivery, Post Offices nationally reported to news record lines.
But despite that, Christmas Eve still prompts confusion for residents ever year. Yes, there is mail on December 24, the Post Office reminds shoppers and news this week.
Each year, the OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management) issues that year’s schedule for recognized Federal holidays. The last time the Post Office is closed for 2011 will be Christmas Day (December 25).
Yet, what happens elsewhere across the country? For Federal employees, Friday December 24 is often treated as a federal holiday. That is not the case for the post office. But on December 24, 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.
Customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS for information about specific Post Offices. Some locations may close early on the 24th. And if you are wondering, Post Office changes won’t impact Santa’s delivery schedule. Santa will be delivering on December 25 on time, as promised.
“We know that customers are looking at options for shipping their last minute holiday gifts, and the Postal Service offers a great combination of value and convenience,” said Susan LaChance, vice president Consumer Industry and Affairs in a news statement this week. She added “We’re just a click away for online customers who want to take care of their shipping needs from their home computers.”