You wouldn’t much know it was almost Christmas at the post office on College Street in Macon. Save for maybe the purple mailing pouches with penguins on them.
Or the red boxes with “Ho! Ho! Ho!” on them.
Or the line of a dozen or so people, many with holiday cards and gift packages in hand, waiting to ship Christmas cheer at the front counter.
Monday was the busiest mailing day of the year, according to the U.S. Postal Service. About 830 million items were estimated to be stamped, compared to 583 million on an average day.
At midday, the wait to get to the counter was about five minutes.
Customer Tommy Brown showed up with a handful of Christmas cards. The holiday rush isn’t a problem for him.
“I’m oblivious to it. I get most of my cards and letters mailed out early,” Brown said. “Used to be, I wouldn’t do my Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve. But I’ve gotten older and wiser.”
Nationally, the Postal Service expects to deliver more than 16 billion packages and letters during the holiday season.
Bill and Carolyn Hammonds of Macon were shipping taped-up boxes of gifts to their children and grandchildren in Kentucky and Florida.
The Hammondses used to make the trip to Kentucky at Christmas.
“We stopped at all the Cracker Barrels along the way,” Carolyn Hammonds said.
Another customer, Shannon Vernon, was there mailing towels, ornaments and soap to her sister in South Carolina. The gifts were for her sister’s children’s teachers.
“I figured every day here was busy at Christmas,” Vernon said. “I came here Friday and there was a man in front of me with two clear trash bags full of presents. I turned around and left. I had a 2-year-old with me.”
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.