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  • Writer's pictureArlene Matthews

The Christmas that almost wasn't

I’ve been super busy since the end of September, hand making my shower, bath, body and aromatherapy products in anticipation of the increased holiday online shopping.

Everything was moving along smoothly until…. USPS became overwhelmed with the unprecedented increase of packages and limited employee availably due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A major kink in the cogs! One USPS employee told a news reporter, “people are not getting their packages for Christmas.”

I have over fifty packages in the USPS network that are unaccounted for since December 4th and according to the tracking links, two that have not even been scanned into the system, making it appear that I didn’t ship them as of yet. I have called, left messages, actually spoken with a few living, breathing humans that work for USPS and I am told to give it at least 45 days and the packages “are in transit”. However, from the news, I am learning, there are USPS trucks filled with packages at distribution facilities, waiting to be unloaded but they can’t because, there is no room in the jam packed facilities nor is there enough employees to handle all of the packages. There are over 6 millions packages a day that are being delayed. Wow! Unprecedented indeed.

I have fielded some not so nice messages and negative Etsy reviews from customers. The shipping delays are out of my control. I’ve taken many a deep breaths and have come to this conclusion, I’ve tried my very best and that’s all I can do, the same can be said for the overworked USPS employees. Christmas isn’t truly about a package, rather, in the city of David, a loving savior has been born unto you. So, I say, we should be more patient and kind with one another during the Holiday Season of this very challenging year. I am grateful to be alive and my loved ones are safe and well. I will continue to fervently pray for their well being for the coming new year!

With that said, I am wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021!

God bless us, everyone.


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