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If you're hoping your Christmas card drops in your friend's mailbox across town on time, it's not too late to affix a stamp and send it off.

Two-day delivery in Lincoln promises cards mailed Wednesday or Thursday should arrive in time. But to get mail or packages to addresses outside Lincoln, it may require Priority Mail service.

Monday marked the busiest day of the year at Lincoln post offices for packages going out, according to Lincoln Postmaster Kerry Kowalski. Lines were often 20-people deep in post office lobbies. By Tuesday, those lines were 10-deep. 

While Kowalski urged people to be proactive at getting items mailed, he also asked for some patience.

"We're here all week. We'll do everything we can to get those packages delivered before Christmas," he said.

Mail carriers will make normal deliveries Saturday and drop off packages Sunday. They will be off on Christmas Day.

Employees have been working hard because they know how exciting it is to get a Christmas delivery, Kowalski said.

"It brings great joy to our employees to be able to deliver those packages." 

This year, the Postal Service has been blessed with great weather, locally and across the country, he said.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail nationwide this holiday season, including a record-breaking 850 million packages, which is 10 percent more compared with  the same time last year.

In Nebraska, a record 4.5 million packages are expected to be delivered during the holidays, which is a 10-15 percent increase.

In Lincoln, it’s the fourth year in a row of double-digit growth — closer to 15-20 percent — according to Kowalski. He attributes the increase to online shopping.

“Being able to order from home and have it delivered to your door — it continues to be a good thing for the Postal Service.”

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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