A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service says deadlines for mailing items to reach their destination by Christmas Day is fast approaching.

David Rupert says the deadline for Christmas packages to Afghanistan has already passed, although he says the service will do everything it can to get cards and packages there as quickly as possible. He says the deadline for Priority and First Class APO/FPO military mail to other overseas military destinations by the holiday is Monday, December 10. He says U.S. Parcel Post items mailed by December 14th should arrive by Christmas, while the general deadline for cards and letters mailed within the United States is December 20th. But he adds Priority Mail items mailed by December 21 should arrive by Christmas Day, and items sent by Express Mail can be mailed as late as December 22 and still reach their destination in time.