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Time is Short for Holiday Shipping

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LAS VEGAS - Christmas is two days away, and many people still haven't shipped their holiday gifts.

Waiting too long to mail your gifts is not a good idea if you want them to reach their destination by Christmas Day. The good news is people still have time, but they need to send their packages by 5 p.m. Monday.

Priority mail is no longer available. Customers can still send parcels via Priority Mail Express.

Most post offices in Las Vegas open at 8 a.m., but you may want to avoid getting to the post office at that time, because there may be lines. Post office representatives recommend arriving between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The post office typically sees a wave of customers after 4 p.m.

People can save time by printing shipping labels at home or by requesting a free pre-carrier pick-up online. The pick-up option is only available for priority mail customers.

Las Vegas resident Pomie says she waited until the last minute to ship her last Christmas present to her cousin in Wisconsin, because she didn't know what to get her.

"I don't know what she wants, so I just sent something from back home, because they don't have an Asian store up there," she said. "I sent something like Asian stuff, food stuff that she can cook with."

The U.S. Postal Service increased its staff this week, anticipating a rush of last-minute customers. The U.S. Postal Service hired 60 additional seasonal workers.

Post office officials say they process an estimated 160 million pieces of mail in Nevada between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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