ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Are post offices closed December 26? Is the mail today on the day after Christmas? Post Office officials tell news and consumers this week that Post Office branches will be closed today December 26, 2011 and again on January 2, 2012. There will also be no mail delivery on either day. The Post Office reminds news that federal agencies will be closed today because Christmas fell on Sunday. The revelation is good news for shoppers heading to the stores today.
Post Offices today will recognize today their final holiday of the year. Each year, the Post Office announces to news in January that year’s scheduled closures. The schedule derives from the OPM (U.S. Office of Personnel Management). But each year, confusion sets in when a holiday falls on the weekend.
The OPM reminds news each year that, when a federal holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will recognized the next Monday. Such is the case for the Post Office today on an New Years, officials tell news. The federal holiday is recognized Monday prompting a closure of all branches and no mail delivery. The next time the Post Office will be closed is Monday, January 2, 2012 New Year’s Day.
Postal Officials tell news this week that branches will be open on December 31. But the Post Office will be closed on Monday January 2, 2012 as well. In a news statement, USPS indicates that in “observance of the holidays, Post Offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday Jan. 2. Only Express Mail will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in most major metro areas. Post Offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Some branches will also have special hours for commercial accounts, USPS tells news. “Commercial customers should check with their Business Mail Entry Units for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 hours of operation.”
For shoppers, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and all the nation’s top retailers will be open today for After-Christmas sales. Walmart tells news this week that it, socially, has launched a new VUDU entertainment service. “VUDU on Xbox 360 brings more fun into finding, watching and buying your favorite movies and TV shows,” said Edward Lichty, general manager, VUDU, in a news statement this month. “With the new, interactive features on Xbox 360 to browse VUDU’s library, along with special savings like 99-cent VUDU rentals, we hope to make the holidays even more entertaining and affordable for families.”
In January 2012, the OPM will release to news next year’s list of holidays. Today, many banks will be closed as well. Federal agencies will be dark, along with most state and local government offices as well.