Thanksgiving fell one week later than usual, meaning less time for shoppers and shippers alike.
The Downtown Station post office may not be busy now, but in a few weeks employees are expecting it to get a lot more hectic.
"A little more stressful sometimes, just because there's more volume to deal with. But we know it's coming, and we're prepared for it," Steve Olguin, Postmaster of Lubbock U.S.P.S., said.
The postal service estimates 800 million packages will be shipped this season, nationwide.
This is Steve Olguin's 26th holiday season.
"Hiring additional resources, hiring delivery personnel and clerks and what not. We just had to prepare a little earlier, that's all. We're very experienced with handling this type of volume," Olguin said.
About 340 U.S.P.S employees report to Olguin.
This year 15 more employees were hired to ensure your packages are shipped on time.
According to the postal service, the busiest day will be December 16.
In order to avoid the long lines and holiday headache, people are advised to ship their packages as early as possible.
"We do everything we can, on the days before we make a concerted effort to look for packages that look like Christmas presents," Olguin added. "We really make an effort to get those things home," he said.
Beginning December 8, the Singer Station located on the south loop will be open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"It's a good time of year. You know, you put smiles on people's faces when you get your packages there," Olguin said.