If you have family out of province or even out of country and you haven't mailed their Christmas gifts yet, you'd better hurry.
 
The deadline for mailing parcels in Canada is next Monday, December 11 unless you want to pay for Express Post.
 
Mike Brown is the manager at the Drumheller Post Office across 1 St. East from Chinook Financial.
 
"Holiday letters, local ones, December 20 is the deadline; within the province December 19; outside the province is December 18 for letter mail," he outlined. "Regular parcels, if in Canada, the deadline is December 11, which is Monday: if you send them by Express Post the deadline is December 20."
 
The deadline for cards and letters to the United States is December 12; the Express Post deadline is December 16. International mailing deadlines are already past.
 
Brown told 99.5 Drum FM it's been as busy as most Christmases past, but the make-up of the mail is different this year.
 
"Outgoing is down a bit, but incoming is up," explained Brown. "A lot of people shop online (and) if it's a gift for somebody that's in another town they'll ship it direct, so (in) the outgoing parcels that would create a downturn, but then we get more incoming."
 
"We've been working Sundays, I think since the Remembrance Day long weekend," added Brown. "We've worked every Sunday except one, I think, just to keep up."
 
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