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Expect a wait

Monday marks the busiest post office day of the year

Erin Gleason

— When shipping holiday packages, the early bird gets the worm – or in this case, won’t have to wait in line at the post office. But those days have passed.

The Steamboat Springs post offices, as well as post offices around the state, are gearing up for Monday, their busiest day of the year.

Tim O’Brien, who works at the downtown branch of the Steamboat Springs Post Office, is expecting huge crowds.

“We’ll probably handle 3,000 to 3,500 parcels on Monday,” O’Brien said Friday. “That’s about three to four times our average amount.”

Although this past week was noticeably busy at the post office, O’Brien said five times the average number of customers will wait in lines beginning Monday. The post office will open four stations at its downtown location and three more in the Sundance Plaza location.

“Come in early,” O’Brien suggested. “Hopefully the wait won’t be too long for customers.”

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In order for packages to be received by Christmas, O’Brien recommends shipping them Monday or Tuesday for guaranteed delivery. Express mail options are available as late as Wednesday, but they come with a price.

Other post offices around the state are hoping to prevent large crowds by extending their hours Saturday, and some Front Range offices will even open on Sunday. An estimated 1.3 million holiday packages will be shipped Monday by Colorado residents, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

To avoid any unnecessary waiting, O’Brien recommends that customers arrive at the post office with their packages pre-labeled and in appropriate boxes.