Royal Mail is reminding customers to post all their second class mail by the recommended last posting date of Saturday, December 19.
However customers have until December 21 to post first class mail, with special delivery items December 23. Each year Royal Mail invests in additional resources for its Christmas operation to handle the festive mail bag. This has included recruiting 19,000 seasonal workers, deploying an 4,700 extra trucks and vans and opening 10 temporary parcel sort centres.
People should ensure they use the postcode when sending their cards and parcels and use a return address on their cards and parcels.