Friday, December 14, 2007

When is "before Christmas"?

I got an assignment to buy and send a (very late) Christmas gift to Sweden yesterday. I hurried off to the post office this late Friday afternoon. I got told that in order for the package to get to Sweden "before Christmas", I had to choose the Express service which takes 6 business days.

When I asked the clerk about what this meant exactly since in Sweden, Christmas means December 24 which is next Monday and no mail is delivered on Saturdays, which means that in order for the package to make it "before Christmas" it has to be delivered by next Friday, December 21... And since December 24, 25 and 26 are holidays in Sweden, 6 business days from today could actually mean delivery on Thursday December 27. Which is sort of way past Christmas in Sweden.

The clerk looked at me confused and looked at her papers. "It says, Express service before December 17, can guarantee delivery before Christmas to Europe".

Oh,well. I guess Sweden is the big exception with it's tradition to celebrate Christmas on the 24th and not the 25th like most of the world.

I choose the Express service. The difference wasn't huge and who knows, maybe the USPS and the Swedish post office have help from Santa's crew this week before Christmas...

"Hold your thumbs"!

4 comments:

adastra said...

Germany celebrates Christmas on the 24th as well, though funnily enough it's not an official holiday. The 25th and the 26th are holidays though...

Margoth said...

I did read that they are delivering mail in Sweden next Saturday, the 22nd, so you might be in luck.
God Jul!

JaCal said...

Adastra - yes, of course - I know that, must have forgotten. Guess it's easier for the USPS to talk about "Europe" as a whole.

Margoth - really!? Great - then it might make in on time! Hurray! God Jul you too!

SweFlo said...

Jag skickade precis paket International Priority i måndags, och det kom fram på fredagen! Snabbt!Önskar nu bara att mina paket från familjen i SVerige kunde komma fram någon gång. Fullt med svenskt godis, mums!