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UTAHNS KEEP THOSE CARDS AND PRESENTS COMING

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The volume of Christmas packages and cards is up slightly over last year, with workers post-marking nearly 1 million pieces a day, postal service spokeswoman Beverly Burge said.

Since Nov. 23, postal workers have postmarked 17.47 million packages and letters sent from Utah to around the world, a 0.3 percent increase from last year. More than 75 million First Class cards and packages have arrived and left Utah, up 3.2 percent from last year.The heavy volume began Nov. 30, Burge said, when 769,000 pieces of mail were sent. But volume was down from last year until Monday, when the post office was deluged with 1.16 million boxes and letters.

It was expected. Burge said the surge typically comes on Monday, the week before Christmas. This year's big mailing day occurred the week of Christmas because the holiday falls later in the week, she explained.

Mailings will decline drastically Christmas Eve, but Express Mail will be delivered in major cities on Christmas Day, Burge said.