With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters and packages every day. This means customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays.

“The Postal Service is well prepared to meet our customers’ needs during the holiday season,” said Detroit District Manager Lee Thompson. “We ask customers who are expecting a package to please turn on their porch light so our letter carriers can deliver safely.”

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service predicts the week of Dec. 18-24 to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week.

During this week, nearly 3 billion pieces of first-class mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.

The Postal Service is projecting about 15 billion pieces of mail, including more than 850 million packages, will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Using correct addressing, packaging gifts well and mailing by recommended deadline dates can help ensure holiday wishes are received by loved ones by Dec. 25.

People should visit usps.com/holidaynews to get the full list of deadlines, pricing and shipping tips.