Holiday Cities

This time of year, it is all about the excitement of the year-end holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year – whatever form the festivities take. However, in these cities with holiday theme names, it is holiday time all year long!

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The History of Holiday Postage Stamps

This week we are taking a look back in time to explore the history of the holiday themed postage stamps in America. The U.S. Post Office Department issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburg, PA on November 1, 1962. Postmaster General J.Edward Day announced at the stamp dedication ceremony that the stamp would be the first in a series of Christmas stamps. The red and green 4-cent stamps featured a wreath, two candles, and the words “Christmas 1962.” The initial printing of the stamp, 350 million, quickly sold out, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing worked round-the-clock to print more. By the end of 1962, 1 billion stamps had been printed and distributed.

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USPS Do’s And Don’t’s When Sending Holiday Packages

Posted: Dec 05, 2013 9:52 PM EST

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- The U.S. Postal Service projects 15 billion pieces of mail, including cards and packages, will be delivered this holiday season.  That’s a 12 percent increase than last year.  However, your packages won’t ship if they aren’t packaged properly.

420 million packages are expected to ship out for the holidays, but there are some rules to follow to make sure they’re sent secure and on time.

“Proper addressing, making sure the package is packaged properly.  You do all those kind of things and we’re going to do everything we can in our power to get that package delivered to your loved ones,” said Roger Humphries, customer relations coordinator of the U.S. Postal Service in Omaha.

The USPS suggests adding some cushion so nothing breaks.

“Make sure you have proper package inside using peanuts, popcorn, newspaper.  Anything that would help soften the blow if something hits on the outside of the package,” said Humphries.

When sending a package, you’ll always want to use a sturdy, durable box sealed with tape.  That way all of the items inside will stay secure.

“We also like to see you put an address inside because if the label comes off, that way if a package comes, we’re able to determine where that package needs to go,” said Humphries.

Not everything can be shipped.  Some things that aren’t allowed include alcohol, perfume and lithium batteries.

The USPS is also discounting packages for families and friends of those serving in the military.  You can save $2 on all large priority mail flat rate boxes.  USPS suggests getting your mailing done by the 14th so gifts and cards make their destinations on time.