Thursday is the last day to ship priority mail if you want your gift by Christmas

Posted at 9:22 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 13:29:26-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 8 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed in Nashville this holiday season, and this week is the busiest shipping, mailing and delivery week for the United States Postal Service.

If you want something under the Christmas tree on Tuesday, Thursday is the last day to ship first-class and priority mail. Anything from a postcard to a 70-pound present can ship in those categories.

Right now during the holiday rush, Nashville's postal workers are handling about 310,000 pieces of mail a day.

Last year, the area processed about 7.5 million parcels, but this year they're expecting to handle 1 million more pieces of mail.

If you miss tomorrow's first class and priority deadline, you can still ship priority mail express through Saturday. That's the postal service's fastest method, but it will come at a cost.