Procrastinators who have put off mailing their holiday cards are expected to converge on the post office Monday to make that critical Dec. 24 delivery deadline. “People will still be mailing on Christmas Eve,” said Larry Dozier, U.S. Postal Service spokesman. “We do deliver on Christmas Day if people use Express or Priority Mail or if something looks like a gift, we try to get it there. Many of our carriers even dress like Santa Claus.” The Monday of the last full week before Christmas is traditionally the busiest day in post office lobbies. This year, the postal service anticipates 1.6 billion cards, letters and packages to be mailed Monday, compared to a national average daily total of 670 million pieces. In the Los Angeles basin, it is estimated that 1.4 billion pieces will be mailed during the season, translating to 11 million cards and letters a day, compared to an average day of 7 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Wednesday will be the busiest delivery day when most of the mail sent Monday reaches its destinations. Dozier said that there has been an increase in parcel deliveries because of the growth of online ordering and returning. “They may be able to order online, but it still has to be physically transported,” he said. For those who have not prepared their mailings yet, the postal service offers a few tips: Type or print the complete address neatly and always use a complete return address. Include an index card on the inside of the package with the address of the recipient to ensure delivery if the original label is damaged. Cushion the contents of packages with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Plain, air-popped popcorn is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly cushioning material. Always use tape designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape or nylon-reinforced craft paper tape. Never use string or twine to secure a package as it can catch on machinery and damage the parcel. Remove batteries from toys; wrap them separately and place in the shipping box. Many post office locations have 24-hour automated service lobbies as well as extended hours for the holidays. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] WHEN AND WHERE Locations with special holiday hours include: Santa Clarita, 24355 Creekside Road, 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Lancaster, 43824 20th Street West, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Hours for other area post offices: Canyon Country, 18336 Soledad Canyon Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Newhall, 23642 Lyons Ave., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Valencia, 25842 Tournament Road, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Castaic, 31519 Castaic Road, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Acton, 3632 Smith Ave., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday. Palmdale, 2220 E. Palmdale Blvd., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Littlerock, 7765 Pearblossom Hwy., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Pearblossom, 12302 Pearblossom Hwy., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lancaster, 567 Lancaster Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit the postal service Web site at www.usps.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!