Even though the holidays are a little over two months away, it is time for residents to begin thinking about mailing cards and packages.

To help residents plan ahead, the Mexico post office has announced the 2017 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations, as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season

Customers are encouraged to ship early. "To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages during the holidays within the United States by December 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship early this year," stated Mexico Postmaster Rick Ayers.

The Postal Service recommends that customers ship items by the following dates:

December 14 - USPS retail ground mail: Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

December 19 - First class mail: Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in three business days or less.

December 20 - Priority mail: Domestic service in one, two or three business days based on where the package is mailed and where it's being sent, variety of flat-rate options.

December 22 - Priority mail express: Fastest domestic service, guaranteed, overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.

To mail to military personnel, the Postal Service is committed to ensure those serving in the nation's armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to AP/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines, can be found at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_ 080.htm.

Customers mailing internationally should visit the international shipping page on usps.com for information. Complete details on mailing and shipping services can be found on usps.com.