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All Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, Many Closing Early


WASHINGTON, DC — All Post Offices will be open Christmas Eve, but many will shorten retail lobby hours to enable retail employees to spend more time with their families. Regular mail delivery for Dec. 24 will be unaffected by the change.

“As many businesses close early Christmas Eve,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President, Delivery and Retail Kathleen Ainsworth, “the number of customers visiting our lobbies greatly diminishes. We view this as an opportunity to afford retail employees more time with their families by closing retail operations in many locations early Dec. 24.”

Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office. To obtain the phone number of a specific Post Office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS. Commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for Dec. 24 hours of operation.

Ainsworth said noon will be the last collection for mail deposited in blue collection boxes for Dec. 24 processing.

Post Offices will be closed Dec. 25. Express Mail will be delivered Christmas Day and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26.

An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.


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