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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- Sending out all your christmas cards and packages is keeping the Post Office very busy these days.
Here in Grand Junction, they see 55,000 letters and 31,000 packages come through the handling center a day.
Even though the Holiday shipments are a slightly down from last year, the Post Office says as it gets closer to Christmas they don't plan on the chaos to slow down. They will be working around the clock.
With an elf, bags of goodies, and packages abound, the Grand Junction mail handling center feels more like the North Pole.
Postmaster Daniel Reyes agrees, "it's very much like Santa's workshop here."
He also says they are just beginning to enter their busiest season, "the 21st we expect to be the busiest day of the year for us we're going to cancel almost 200,000."
Over 6 million letters and packages have been processed since the beginning of the holiday season and you would think it wouldn't be hard for a Christmas card to get lost, but the chances of having a lost card are slim to none.
Reyes says, "Very, very few if any are going to be lost... You don't need to worry about it getting there what i would strongly recommend is make sure using proper address."
Reyes says they even put letters to santa on their way to the North Pole. "Santa does get the letters and they do get responded to."
The Postmaster says if you want your packages to reach their destination within the U.S. in time for Christmas, the deadline is December 21st.
Be prepared to wait in line at the post office, especially on those busiest mailing days of the year: Mondays, December 14th and 21st.