White Christmas present with tag saying 'Merry Christmas'

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Santa Claus will be getting a lot of help this year, with a record number of gifts being shipped. More than 1.8 billion packages are currently in the system.

But waiting any longer could cost you.

Wednesday marks the deadline for UPS 2nd day air packages, postal service priority packages, and FedEx 2-day deliveries.

Packages sent later this week could cost up to three times more to get there by Christmas.

Some people say there simply was not the time to send their gifts sooner.

“Kids had been in school until last Friday and it was the best I could do,” said Katherine Prause, who was at the Post Office on Orange Avenue in Cleveland Wednesday.

FedEx alone this year added 50,000 extra workers.

UPS opened 15 hubs and brought in 95,000 temporary employees, as the companies hope to avoid the kinds of shipping delays seen in years past.



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