TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people have made their way to the post office this week. This only adds on to the heavy traffic mail carriers see during the holidays.
The mail amount doubles for mail carriers at the United States Postal Service during the peak season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Jorge Aranda, a mail carrier for USPS explained, "Our mail doubles when it comes to parcels and letters. All the Christmas stuff like that."
A typical holiday season brings billions of pieces of mail, about 15 billion to be exact.
Since the countdown to Christmas hit single digits, carriers have d ropped about 3 billion cards and letters to homes across the United States.
Plenty of preparation from the post office goes into making this happen. Employees take on longer days to get the job done.
Aranda started his shift at 6 a.m. Thursday. Over the course of his shift, he delivered more than 100 parcels of mail. It's hard work.
When the shipping season is most active, so are the mail carriers as they hustle through neighborhoods.
"Definitely get a good night's rest at the end of the day," Aranda said.
Mail carriers like Aranda could be described as local Santas. Around the nation, they deliver more than 850 million packages after Black Friday.
"We do help Santa a little bit. It does get a little crazy," Aranda explains with a smile, happy to deliver cheer to Tucson locals.
The last day to ship your gifts via USPS Express is Friday, Dec. 22. Packages shipped before then should arrive before Christmas.