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On the cusp of Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2019

Well, it's the eve of Christmas Eve and I am feeling relaxed. All of the shopping, baking, decorating and wrapping are done, so I have a day or two to straighten the house up for visitors.

I didn't used to be this organized, I worked at the post office for 37 Christmas seasons and there literally was no time for anything! We started work at 5:30 or 6:00pm, just in time for all the collections from all the local offices were dropped off to us to be sorted. The only machine we had back then was a cancelling machine that put the postmark on each piece of mail. We sorted it all by shape, size and thickness, whether it was a letter, a flat or a spur and hand cancelled the odd or thick letters. It was a LONG night of this, sorting manually into letter cases, bundling it up, then sorting it into sacks or tray to be dispatched by truck to various cities and the airport. Once that was done, we then started sorting the local mail that was pulled out from the mail we already did. That went on all night and was once again shipped out to the local small offices. We then sorted our own mail and shipped it to our main office for the carriers to deliver. These were 12 hour days/night for 3-4 weeks and by Christmas, I was exhausted!

By the time of my last Christmas at the post office, everything was done by machine. It was way more efficient than us sorting manually, but we found that it was not as accurate :)
Technology makes the mail move faster, and it takes less people to do the work, but it's not near as accurate as when we did it manually.

So, on this eve of Eve, I hope you are feeling as relaxed as I am. Tomorrow will be a busy day cooking, as will Christmas day, but I'm ready.

Merry Christmas to everyone!
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    I won't say Merry Christmas since I'm reading this so late. It sounds like you had some very hectic Christmases. I believe you when you say the machines aren't as efficient. We get other people's mail constantly. emoticon
    204 days ago
    Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your years of effort. Our mail does not stay local. It is shipped for sorting an hour north to Cleveland, Ohio, then trucked back here to the Akron post offices, of which there are many. It takes two days to send a Christmas card next door. I walk it over. emoticon
    276 days ago
    Merry Christmas! Thank you for making it more accurate and sorting manually! I always say people are better at the jobs. I hope you get some well deserved rest.
    277 days ago
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