Friends, USPS saw an unprecedented volume of holiday shipments this year. As such, things have gone a bit sideways and many deliveries are delayed.
If you ordered from me this season, please trust that I work very hard to ensure safe packaging and quick shipping. Moreover, I’m signed up for tracking updates for every single package that is still in transit. I’m monitoring deliveries and rooting for Christmas miracles – which is all that I can do at this point.
For what it’s worth, USPS are working double time to get back on track. It does seem to be helping. I receive a text notification every time one of my shipments is scanned. Right now, my phone is dinging constantly! Each ding brings a bit of hope. I’m a modern day George Bailey – but instead of bells and angel wings, it’s texts and deliveries. Every time a text dings, a customer gets their things! (sorry – that was bad)
On Sunday night, I had 31 “stuck” packages. This morning, 14 remain. That’s progress, and we still have a couple of days. So I’m holding on to hope that every gift – including my mom’s – will miraculously make it on time.
Failing that, please consider printing out a photo of your purchase and wrapping it up. Let the recipient know that you took the time to choose something special for them. Tell them why you support small businesses and the real people behind them. Explain to your loved ones that you want to give them something meaningful and handmade.
I hope that doesn’t sound trite. The disappointment is real, and I’m not making light of that. It sucks, just like the rest of 2020 – but I have no control over the USPS, and neither do you. So take a deep breath, and stay focused on the love and intention behind your gift. In the big picture, that’s what really matters.
Worst case scenario, we may be opening presents well in to January. That’s nothing, compared to everything else that we’ve survived this year. Hold fast, my friends!