ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As we get closer to Christmas Day post offices across south Georgia are getting busier.
Post offices in Albany were packed on Monday but customers said a trip to the post office this year has not been the same nightmare as it was last year.
"Last year we were outside waiting in line to get inside and get our packages," recalled Sandra Colvin.
Colvin go to the post office on Meredyth Drive every day. She says it's usually a quick in and out, but with Christmas so close she expected this Monday morning to be different, especially when she saw all the cars.
"I was dreading it because I come everyday," said Colvin.
But when she was walked in and back out within minutes, she was pleasantly surprised.
"It was a lot easier," said Colvin.
Henry Martinez had the same reaction.
"It was great," said Martinez. "They had a clerk right at the door which means you don't have to wait in line. He was able to process me right away."
Martinez said it's the first time he had seen a clerk to help with smaller orders.
Martinez and Colvin were just two of the many people dropping off packages and sending out Christmas cards to be delivered before the holiday.
This year the US Postal Service is recommending you get all your packages in the mail by Thursday to get them delivered in time for Christmas.
If you are the last minute type, you can send a package later ...but it will cost you.
First class mail can be sent by Tuesday of next week, priority mail should be in by the 21st , and if you're really waiting until the last minute you can still get your package sent on Christmas Eve eve (December 23) through the priority mail express service.
Martinez says he's not waiting last minute.
He decided to get all his packages sent out today to get to his family in time for the holidays.
If you are sending a package to someone in our armed forces or overseas there are different dates.