With only a few days left before Christmas, the clock is ticking down to the wire for those trying to make sure their packages and letters get to their destinations in time.
"The earlier they get it in the mail, the better off they are and the better chance we have of getting it there on time," advised Howard Mosley of the U.S. Postal Service in Meridian.
"With four days left and getting this close to Christmas people need to mail Express or Priority at least," he said.
Mosley says nationwide the postal service is expected to handle 280 million postmarked cards and letters Monday alone, which is common on the last Monday before Christmas.
The busiest day of the year for mail delivery will be Wednesday.
Some things you may want to double check before sending a letter or package is the address you are sending it to, along with the zip code.
Your writing should be clear and concise and you should always include a return address so you can be contacted if the letter or item is lost.
Anything of value should be insured and you cannot mail anything that is flammable, sharp or combustible.
"The major metropolitan areas such as Meridian we will deliver express mail on Christmas Day or anything that appears to be a parcel of Christmas value," Mosley said.