Busiest day of the year at the post office

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PHOENIX -- With Christmas right around the corner -- next week -- time is running out to get those packages in the mail. In fact, today is the busiest shipping day of the year, so be prepared for long lines as holiday gifts and letters are mailed.

Postal workers suggest you write print the address of the recipient on the front and side of the box. You should also write the address on a piece of paper and slip it inside the package.

Use thick, sturdy tape so packages don't come open, and make sure the ZIP code is correct because that's how mail is sorted.

To help deal with the thousands and thousands of pieces of mail, post office workers usually work overtime on Monday.

Typically, Wednesday is the busiest delivery day of the year.