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Monday expected to be busiest mailing day of year

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With Christmas and Hanukkah just days away, Monday is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year. 

The US Postal Service anticipates about 750 million packages will be delivered this holiday season. That figure is up 12 percent from last year.  

In the video above, CBS News 8's Heather Hope visits the US Postal Service processing and distribution center in Carmel Mountain Ranch.  

"I addressed some stickers at home so I can do it easier," said Liz Mahon, who was on her third trip to the post office at the Margaret L. Sellers Processing and Distribution Center on Rancho Carmel Drive.

Mahon's goal was to get framed photos of her husband's family out fast.  
"The postal service is amazing, so that's why I'm here again," said Mahon. 
Some were trying to get gifts sent as far as Northern Europe. 

"I have a little nieces and nephews I never get to see and visit in Estonia, so I just want to make their Christmas," said Catryn Fowler about mailing gifts. 

There has been a steady flow of San Diegans coming to the post office, but Monday night is just beginning for the postal workers processing mail. 

"It's the busiest highest volume now as far as coming into our plant and going out to the world," said postal program manager Warren Burton. "We're running machines up to 22 out of 24 hours over next couple days."  

The post office has been planning for this since June and hired more employees to handle the workload. 

"All the mail [must be] processed on time, so that it can make the outbound flights and outbound trucks... to make its way around the county," Burton said.  

Some were thankful for the chance to mail letters on time. 

"The cards are just going out can you believe it?" said Kevin Cox about mailing Christmas cards on Monday. "They key is to buy your stamps and have everything ready." 

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