SAN FRANCISCO (BCN/KCBS) – The U.S. Postal Service was bracing for a crowd on Monday – dubbed the busiest mailing day of the year.

Monday was the recommended deadline for sending greeting cards and holiday letters that would arrive in time for Christmas. Priority mail could be sent Tuesday and express mail on Wednesday and still make it in time for the holiday, according to the USPS.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Four post offices in San Francisco planned to extend hours Monday for people who wanted to beat the daytime throngs of people sending mail.

The post office at 660 Westfield Road would be open until midnight, the Lakeshore office at 1543 Sloat Blvd. would be open until 5 p.m., the Macy’s office at 170 O’Farrell St. would open until 5 p.m., and the Marina Green office at 3749 Buchanan St. would be open until 5:30 p.m.

Customers could also skip the trip to the post office and ship items online at People could print shipping labels and pay for postage online, and send items in priority mail flat rate boxes.

On a typical day, the USPS handles 559 million pieces of mail. Monday, that number was expected to top 800 million.

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