How do I make sure my mail arrives on time as the holidays grow closer?

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With only three weeks left until Christmas, the busiest shipping weeks of the year have begun.

“Two weeks prior to Christmas day, that’s when the peak of peak season hits,” Postmaster Chris Cox said.

With that date only a week away, mail trucks, employees, and citizens all over the country are hurrying to have packages and cards mailed out before the holidays begin.

Along with the shipping comes a long process including the sender and the postal employees.

“If you mailed it over the retail counter, the clerk would weigh it up obviously, you would choose the mail class you wanted to send it as,” Cox said. “That differs from retail ground right on up until priority express mail.

“Once that package is prepped and the postage is applied, it leaves here, gets on a truck, goes to Montgomery, Alabama, as its first stop at our nearest processing facility to Dothan.”

When it comes to shipping classes, paying the lowest fee will take about four to six days to ship while the highest fee will ship within one to two days.

No matter the shipping class, the postmaster advised simple instructions to make mailing easier.

“If you’re mailing a package, make sure that you’re using an ink that is not going to smudge,” he said. “Make sure the address is legible, and make sure you have your return address with your zip code on there as well.”

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