Send a card, package or letter to Santa Your local post office will help you through the holidaysIt's that time of year again and the United States Postal Service is ready to help their customers with their holiday mailings. They have free Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging supplies, plenty of holiday stamps in stock -- Holiday Nutcracker and Christmas: Virgin and Child with the Young John the Baptist by Sandro Botticelli -- and, as always, they pledge excellent customer service.From the time you drop your mail in a blue collection box or at the post office and it makes its way through processing and distribution and is delivered by a letter or rural carrier, they make sure your letters and packages get to their destination on time. In the Columbus district, their overnight First-Class Mail delivery performance is 96 percent.And there's still plenty of time to mail your holiday greetings and packages. The postal service recommends the following mail-by dates:* Dec. 16: Parcel Post, the most economical shipping service;* Dec. 20: First-Class Mail;* Dec. 20: Priority Mail; and * Dec. 23: Express Mail.They'll also be happy to explain how you can print and pay for shipping labels form your home or office and request free Carrier Pickup. After you get home from shopping, you don't have to go out again to mail your packages -- your letter or rural carrier will pick it up the next day. Check out usps.com for other holiday features including postal-related gift items and the CardStore where you can design and customize your greeting cards and choose the day you want your cards mailed.