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600 million pieces of mail delivered on USPS' busiest day

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If you're expecting any Christmas deliveries, check your doorstep, there's a good chance your package arrived this afternoon..

That's because it's the busiest delivery day of the year for the United States Postal Service.

Steve Brown delivers the mail. He's walked this same route for the last seven years. It's the neighborhood near N. Rockton Avenue and Halsted Road.

"I know pretty much most of them on a first name basis so it's kind of like a family atmosphere," says Steve.

He also knows when the Christmas rush rolls around, it means heavier bags and more deliveries.

"Oh it's definitely busy. It's actually one of the better times of the year for us even though the weather's not cooperating."

Nationwide, the USPS expects to deliver 19 million packages. 600 million if you count all pieces of mail, including letters and cards. That's more than double the normal workload.

"A few days ago I could barely see out of my window inside my vehicle," says Steve.

Steve anticipates a nine and a half hour workday. He'll navigate snowy sidewalks and fight to stay warm in below freezing temperatures to make sure your packages arrive on time for Christmas.

But he says working twice as hard during the holidays has its perks.

"I kind of feel like we're Santa Claus in our own way too, because we bring good cheer when we bring cards and packages and stuff like that that people are looking for. It's very rewarding."

If you still need to ship an item and want it delivered by Christmas, here are the deadlines you should remember:

First Class- December 20th
Priority Service- December 21st
Priority Service Express- December 23rd

The USPS says it saw a 12 percent increase in deliveries from last year's busiest day.

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