(NEXSTAR) – Your late Christmas present could be delivered even later this year.
This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday, which means that any day of routine mail delivery or last-minute trips to the post office are out of the question—the United States Postal Service celebrates every Sunday as a holiday.
But because the holiday falls on a Sunday, the United States Postal Service also takes the Monday after December 26th as a holiday. This means regular mail will not be delivered on Monday and post offices will be closed. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered to “restricted locations” says USPS.
“If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be treated as a paid and rest day for most USPS employees,” the agency explains. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, most employees will get the day off the day before (Friday).
Christmas Eve, which falls on a Saturday this year, is not a bank holiday for the post office, so regular mail will be delivered. That being said, local post offices may be open during limited hours. Mail in blue boxes can also be picked up earlier, so the USPS suggests dropping off any mail by noon.
The USPS publishes it a complete list of celebrated holidays on its website. Mail is delivered Monday through Saturday on a regular weekday, excluding holidays.