Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

November 30, 2012

Sending good cheer

TAHLEQUAH — The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and with it comes shipping and mailing season.

Some of the first items dropped in mailboxes this time of year are Christmas cards. Many people opt for the boxed variety, while others purchase cards individually, or send family Christmas photos, or annual family letters.

Cassandra Carter, a student at Northeastern State University, doesn’t mail her holiday cards.

“But I do give them out with presents,” said Carter. “I try to write a personalized note with each one. I get a box of inexpensive, generic Christmas cards, because I think people enjoy reading a personalized note a lot more than a caption in a card.”

Tahlequah travel agent Candy Jarvis enjoys sending Christmas cards, and has developed an efficient system over the years.

“I still believe sending cards through the mail is a nice personal touch,” said Jarvis. “It shows you actually care enough to take time to send a note/card to those special family and friends in your life.”

She also sends cards to clients who have traveled with her over the past year, and enjoys keeping in touch with family and friends.

“I like to send out custom family picture cards to family and friends, especially those you don’t see very often,” said Jarvis. “But it’s hard some years when your family is camera-shy. It’s best to have family’s and friends’ addresses saved on the computer in label form for easy editing and printing.”

Tahlequah resident Pam Moore uses both conventional cards and electronic media to keep in touch with friends and family during the holidays.

“I was never organized enough to do Christmas cards when the kids were at home,” said Moore. “Now, I only send cards to people I won’t see during the holidays. I use Facebook and email for the rest.”

Tahlequah Mail Mart Manager Amanda Taylor said that despite the gaining popularity of electronic media, sending Christmas cards remains popular locally.

“Christmas cards are still very popular here,” said Taylor. “We sell both individual cards and boxed sets, so we have something for everyone.”

In addition to cards, many people will be mailing or shipping gifts to friends and family this holiday season. According to Taylor, it’s best to get mailing and shipping handled early to ensure timely delivery.

“Monday was the first day we got a Christmas present to send,” said Taylor. “Now, things are really gearing up and we’re getting busy. I love the excitement and the crowds, and the days pass very quickly.”

Mail Mart uses the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx, depending on what the customer prefers. All outlets have ground service, as well as expedited, two-day or overnight deliveries.

“We recommend UPS ground service, because [the expedited services] are so incredibly expensive,” said Taylor. “UPS ground provides $100 insurance and tracking, and you can insure the package for more for an extra fee. FedEx offers the same service, but it’s a little more expensive.”

Information provided by UPS and FedEx on their respective websites indicates Monday, Dec. 17, is the final day to ship via ground service, and packages arrive in one to five business days within the contiguous U.S., and three to seven days to and from Alaska and Hawaii.

According to the USPS, the deadline for first-class mail service to arrive by Dec. 25 is Thursday, Dec. 20; Priority Mail Service and Express Mail Service deadlines are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, respectively.

Those who plan on shipping or mailing items to members of the military should visit www.usps.com/shippingdates or contact the local post office, as a number of services are offered with varying deadlines.

Taylor said some people prefer to pack their own boxes, but recommends allowing Mail Mart staff to help.

“We can do it all,” said Taylor. “Come in with your presents, and we’ll take care of everything else, except for gift-wrapping. We have boxes of all sizes, from tiny to boxes I can fit in, and if we don’t have a ready-made box or container, we’ll make one custom.”

Taylor said UPS has very strict packing regulations when it comes to insuring items, and a lot of people don’t know the rules on what can and can’t be mailed or shipped.

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-marching-MAIN.jpg Marching in step

    Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band kicks off 2014 season with summer drills.

    The Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band has added 30-35 freshmen to its roster this year, and drills began for the newest members last Thursday.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • studie-roberta.jpg Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino

    A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants.
    Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his daughters.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Hepatitis.jpg Hepatitis vaccinations important today

    The phrase “back to school” may be disdained by kids for many reasons, including a trip to the doctor’s office to update immunizations.
    But hepatitis cases in Oklahoma provide a good example of why these vaccinations are important.
    “There was a time when Hepatitis A was just crazy in Oklahoma. The state was actually known for it,” said Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma Health Department’s Acute Disease Service.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • hood-raymond.jpg One man caught, another sought after foot chase

    Two people tried to escape sheriff’s deputies, and one was successful, after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 62 last weekend.
    Deputy Bryan Qualls was on the highway when he noticed a red Chevrolet Avalanche matching the description of a truck that had been spotted at the scene of a recent burglary.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Detectives investigate deaths of two elderly residents

    Incident may be murder-suicide

    Tahlequah police detectives believe the deaths of two elderly Cherokee County residents are part of a murder-suicide that took place July 24-25.

    July 29, 2014

  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Stocks