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Published on November 25th, 2013 | by admin

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One Month To Go To The Big Day!

Doesn’t time fly? Exactly one month today we will all be busy preparing the Turkey and unwrapping presents under the tree but will all those parcels and Christmas cards actually have reached their destination in time?

As the festive season gets into full swing with Christmas Day getting ever closer, before we know it time will be running out to send Christmas cards and gifts. And the reason that recommended last posting dates are set by Royal Mail is clear to see –they expect to handle around a staggering 700 million Christmas cards as well as millions of parcels ordered online in the next few weeks!

Not everyone can travel through time to see friends and family and beat the Christmas rush like former Doctor Who Tom Baker who has already been busy reminding everyone that the deadline for sending Christmas letters and parcels is looming large.

The last recommended posting dates to ensure all those gifts and cards to friends and family reach their destination in time for the big day this year are:

Destination(s) Recommended last posting date
Asia, the Far East and New Zealand Wednesday 4th December
Australia Thursday 5th December
Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America and the Middle East Friday 6th December
Cyprus, Eastern Europe and Turkey Monday 9th December
Canada, France, Greece and Poland Tuesday 10th December
USA Friday 13th December
Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland) Saturday 14th December
UK – 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For Wednesday 18th December
UK – 1st  Class and Royal Mail Signed For Friday 20th December
UK – Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Monday 23rd December

 

But just as we have received a timely reminder from Doctor Who to jolt us into action to bear in mind postage deadlines, how many of us actually know the price of first and second class postage stamps? The answer appears to be in some cases at least, not many, particularly amongst younger generations!

With millions of us sending mail to friends and family, most younger people may get a shock of actually how much they might spend on posting Christmas cards and gifts with the majority unaware how much first class and second class postage stamps cost.

A poll we carried out has revealed that only 3% of 25-34 year olds know the correct cost of both a first class and second class postage stamp whereas the awareness of the cost is much higher with older age groups with over one in three 55-64 year olds (35 per cent) and almost a third of 65 year plus adults (28 per cent) aware of the prices of each postage stamp.

A wide discrepancy in awareness between age groups of the price of first and second class postage stamps revealed in our survey is partly explained by the findings that whereas over a quarter of 65+ year olds still use postage stamps every week (28 per cent), only 4% of 18-24 year olds and just 3% of 25-34 year olds use postage stamps over the same period.

Reflecting the digital era embraced particularly by the younger generations, more than a quarter (28 per cent) of 25-34 year olds asked said they only need to use stamps for special occasions like Christmas and birthdays.

By the way it’s not just the Royal Mail who has recommended posting dates to avoid disappointment, so does Father Christmas who is also expecting a very business Christmas as always! Whilst Santa is undoubtedly busy making sure presents are wrapped and ready for Christmas, he nevertheless welcomes letters sent to him no later than 6th December which can be sent to:

Santa/Father Christmas,

Santa’s Grotto,

Reindeerland,

XM4 5HQ

Santa will respond to as many letters as possible, in between getting the sleigh ready for the long journey on Christmas Eve! However we are reliably informed but he does request that you include your name and address!

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