Mailing Guidelines for USPS Christmas Delivery within the U.S.
Heed these holiday mailing deadlines
to ensure your Christmas cheer arrives at
its destination within the United States
before December 25th. It is always recommended
that you get those holiday cards, letters
and gifts sent as early as possible.
Letters and Cards (First-Class): December 20
Priority Mail: December 21
Express Mail: December 22
Parcel Post: December 15
Hawaii: Be sure and mail a little
earlier than the dates on the above holiday
timetable if you're sending Christmas greetings
to Hawaii. It is suggested that First-Class
and Priority Mail items sent to Hawaii be mailed
by December 17. Express Mail items going to
Hawaii should be mailed no later than December 21.
Conversely, if you're sending mail from Hawaii
to the mainland, First-Class and Priority Mail
items should be mailed by December 17. Express
Mail items going from Hawaii to the mainland
should be mailed no later than December 21.
Guam, Saipan and American Samoa:
First-Class and Priority Mail items: December 14
Express Mail items: December 17
NOTE: Some letters and parcels sent shortly
after these holiday shipping cut-off dates
still might arrive before Christmas, if
normal holiday conditions prevail. Even so,
do yourself a favor and get your holiday
mailing done early this year.
USPS International Christmas Mailing Dates
The following are the suggested dates by which
you should send international cards, letters
and parcels via the U.S. Postal Service to
ensure delivery by December 25.
Recommended Mailing Dates for Delivery by Christmas
Items addressed to locations in:
Priority Mail International
Express Mail International
Global Express Guaranteed*
Asia and Pacific Rim
Australia and New Zealand
Central & South America
* The above Global Express Guaranteed dates
do not take into account time needed for
customs' clearance. To ensure your GXG holiday
greetings arrive in time, allocate extra
transit time. Extra transit time should also
be allocated for delivery outside major cities.
The GXG Christmas mail-by date to ship
to Afghanistan is December 19, and Iraq
is December 16.
Note: Airmail Letter-post is now known as First-Class Mail International.
Recommended Christmas Mailing Dates for Military APO/FPO Mail
The following are the suggested dates by
which you should send Christmas cards,
letters and packages to APO/FPO addresses
via the U.S. Postal Service to ensure
delivery by December 25. Brighten the
holidays of U.S. military personnel
serving around the world by getting
their holiday greetings to them on time.
Holiday Mailing Date Guidelines for Military APO/FPO Mail
Items addressed to APO/FPO locations:
1st Class and Priority Mail
Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)**
Space Available Mail (SAM)***
AE ZIP codes 090-098 (except 093)
AE ZIP code 093
AA ZIP code 340
AP ZIP codes 962-966
Mailing date schedule for mail FROM APO and FPO addresses:
The following are the suggested holiday shipping date
deadlines to ensure Christmas delivery for military
mail sent FROM APO and FPO addresses:
SAM: November 26
PAL: December 3
First-Class and Priority Mail: December 10
EMMS: December 18
* Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) is
only available to/from selected military
** Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) is a
service that provides air transportation
for parcels on a space-available basis.
It's available for Parcel Post items not
exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches
in length and girth combined. The applicable
PAL fee must be paid in addition to the
regular surface rate of postage for each
addressed piece shipped via PAL service.
*** Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels
mailed to APO/FPO addresses at Parcel Post rates
that are first transported domestically by surface
and then on to overseas destinations by air on a
space-available basis. SAM packages are limited
to 15 pounds and 60 inches in combined length and
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