On a normal day, the local postal service processing center in West Sacramento handles about 900,000 pieces of mail a day. Monday, as the week before Christmas begins, it’ll be just over two million pieces.
"That’s the day traditionally that most people cue up into the post office and drop off their packages and their cards and their letters."
Augustine Ruiz is with the US Postal Service Office in Sacramento.
He says before you head out to send your mail today, here are a few packaging tips: always use tape designed for sealing shipping boxes - don’t use string, cellophane or masking tape; take the batteries out of electronic devices before you pack them – mail handlers get suspicious when they hear beeps and buzzes coming out of a box; and finally, Ruiz says if you’re sending food, make sure it doesn’t leak…especially anything powdery.
"…you know, we don’t know what it is and we want to make sure it’s not a contaminant of some kind, even though fruit cake might be looked upon that way (laughs)."
Mail handlers have another big day coming up this week – Wednesday is the busiest delivery day of the year.