Mail Deadline for Packages and Cards for the holidays.

According to the USPS calendar, November 13 was the last day to ship Parcel Post packages to military addresses to ensure Christmas arrival. The 3rd of December is the last day to send Priority Mail International in time for Christmas. The 11th is the last day to send Express Mail International for Christmas arrival. On the 15th you can ship Parcel Post to U.S. addresses in time for Christmas. On the 17th you can squeeze in letters to military in time for Christmas arrival.

The 19th to the 22nd are the busy days. The last day for most international shipping is the 19th. The 20th is the last day for first-class mail to ensure Christmas arrival. On the 21st you can send Priority Mail and the 22nd is the last day for most Express Mail to arrive on Christmas.

Hanukkah begins on sundown December 8th and last until December 16th.

If you miss those dates or desire to send additional greetings, you can do so with paid or free “e-cards” through the Internet. The following links are for e-card services on the Internet. They have cards for virtually—pardon the pun—every other occasions. Some of the free services may get paid by including advertising in the e-card. All are animated cards and some contain fun games.

Make sure you read and understand all of the user agreement before proceeding to use the service. They may offer, or require, monthly or yearly rates, for example. Make sure you know what you are getting into for any service. You can also type “free e-cards” into your favorite search engine and draw up more e-card sites.

Pay Services

Blue Mountain gives you a free trial subscription that allows you to send some e-cards. Then you must pay. American Greetings is another popular service. A favorite of a friend of mine is Jacquie Lawson cards.

Free is one of the free services. They have a turkey version of Hangman that you can mail. Care2 is another free service which has some pretty nice cards.

Day Spring offers a selection of Christian cards for the sending.

Whether you decide to go with the postal service, or over the highway and through the cloud, we wish you and your family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving, Hanukka and Christmas season.