Time a ticking to ensure Christmas cards and presents arrive on time

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 8, 2017 - 6:06pm Updated: December 8, 2017 - 6:44pm

KAMLOOPS — Ready or not Christmas is just over two weeks away and the rush is on to get the Christmas cards and parcels in the mail to ensure they arrive in time for the big day.

No matter how many Christmases pass, many of us still wait until the last minute to get to the post office.

Canada post added Sunday deliveries a few weeks ago to help with demand and carriers are working longer shifts to stay on top of the rush, but it isn't just the usual 'Christmas rush' that's contributing to Canada Post being so busy.

With so many Canadians now shopping online, it's leading to a big jump in delivery demand. 

As the countdown gets closer to Christmas, mail deliveries in Kamloops continue to increase.

"So far we've delivered about 20. By the end of the day, it'll be close to 175 parcels," said Canada Post carrier Patricia Nauss.

Nauss has worked through many Christmas seasons.

"We always get busy this time of year," said Nauss. "We're working long hours and delivering parcels on Sunday too."

She says Canada Post delivers up to a million parcels a day across the country during the Christmas season. with deliveries up almost 25 per cent in the city.

"The parcel delivery has increased because of Amazon. Everybody is shopping online and we're getting their parcels. We're recommending if people are expecting a parcel, don't wait until the weekend to get it. We need the room because there's so many parcels we need to deliver."

For people who have yet to send gifts or letters, Canada Post says they should be mailed by December 13 in order to have the best chance of them arriving by Christmas Day.

Nauss's advice for present procrastinators?

"Get them in this weekend if you want them to get their by Christmas. "We're trying our best to get them delivered on time but if you're mailing someone within Canada, do it now."

Nauss may have thousands of deliveries to go before Christmas day, but it's a controlled chaos she looks forward to every year.

"It's fun. I deliver to some daycares in the area and they always want to see 're always there, waiting to see if I've delivered their Santa Claus letters. It's great."

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