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Key Holiday shipping deadlines

Posted at 7:19 AM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 09:20:07-05

The most wonderful time of the year is also the most busiest time of year for Santa, his elves and postal services.

While you're checking off your seasonal to-do list be aware of those deadlines for getting your holiday cards and packages to their destinations before Christmas.

In order to help Santa get those presents under the tree there are some deadlines you need to know.

Get your packages to the Post Office by Dec. 14.

That's if you want the standard ground delivery.

UPS ground will need it one day sooner on Dec. 13.

FedEx gives you a little more time.

Their deadline for the standard ground service is Monday, Dec. 16.

If you're a last-minute shopper you'll have to shell out more money.

The three major carriers will deliver next day air for packages sent on Dec. 23.

But it will come at a premium.

Also be prepared to wait in long lines with others trying to beat the clock.