Postal workers in Utah prep for busiest mailing day of the year

Posted at 10:24 PM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 00:24:04-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- After you pick out the perfect gift and sign the card, your holiday wishes are in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service, and considering Monday marks the busiest mailing day of the year, we thought we'd check in with Santa’s delivery team.

"This is our season: We love Christmas,” said Laura Hubrich at the priority mail center in Salt Lake City. "It gets a little crazy at times. But you can see the employees around here are wearing red and green and funny hats because we feel like we're Santa’s elves.”

And Santa's elves are working seven days a week this holiday season to deliver a record number of packages.

The Postal Service in Utah has hired 450 temporary employees to help sort through the 5.4 million packages and cards expected to go through Utah post offices.

Here are some important dates to remember if you want your package delivered by Christmas Day. December 15 marks the last date for standard post, and December 19 marks the last day for first class. If you're willing to pay a little more, you can do priority mail, and those deadlines are December 21st and December 23rd.

"We have great employees who work diligently because we want everyone to have a great Christmas and make sure those packages get there on time," Hubrich said.

For more information on prices, dates, and ways to track your package, visit the U.S. Postal Service website.