The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but perhaps even more so if you work for the U.S. Postal Service in Anchorage.

At the city's main sorting facility on Postmark Drive near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, postal workers are sorting through 750,000 pieces of mail a day during the two weeks before Christmas, according to acting district manager Melissa Medeiros.

Medeiros has some tips for people mailing letters and packages this time of year, starting with making sure the address is large and legible. Also, she says, never guess at a zip code, because a package can be circulating in the system for quite a while if it isn't properly addressed.

She also advises wrapping packages extra securely if there is anything breakable inside.

Postal workers are currently delivering packages seven days a week, and almost all post offices in the state are offering Sunday hours for people to pick up mail or packages that weren't delivered to their homes. Medeiros says most Anchorage post offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Some holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching for international and overseas mail:

Dec. 15 - Priority Mail Express International to Africa, Central and South America
Dec. 18 - USPS Priority Mail Express to military addresses (except Iraq and Afghanistan)
Dec. 18 to 20 - Global Express Guaranteed depending on country

Within the U.S., Dec. 20 is the deadline for Christmas delivery of first-class, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express packages.

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