Christmas is an incredibly busy time of the year for the elves in the Royal Mail sorting offices.

With this in mind, you might be interested to know the last days you can send all your lovely festive parcels and cards before the big day.

We all leave our cards to the last moment, but let's all get on top of our admin this year, and actually write them.

Here are the last days to send your post:

December 18: 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed For 2nd Class

December 20: 1st Class, Royal Mail Signed For 1st Class, Royal Mail Tracked 48

December 21: Royal Mail Tracked 24

December 22: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed

If you are writing to Santa then you really need to get a move on if you want a reply from him.

The last day for sending your Christmas list to Santa is December 7, if you want to guarantee he will see it and deliver the right gifts.

To make sure your message gets to Santa at the North Pole, send it to:

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto



Make sure to include:

Your name and address

A stamped addressed envelope so Santa knows where to send his reply.

Let the countdown begin!