OGDEN -- The lines were long as customers stood holding packages at the U.S. Postal Service Ben Lomond station Tuesday afternoon.
Most were trying to get their gifts sent out as priority mail to arrive in time for Christmas.
"It's been fairly busy," station manager Paul Shupe said. "Yesterday was busier than today, but we've been fairly steady."
West Weber resident Sandee DellaLucia mailed presents to a sister in Georgia.
"She's the only one I know that lives away," DellaLucia said. Besides Christmas, she uses the post office to send her sister packages throughout the year.
North Ogden resident Gavin Harmon is also a regular at the post office. He mailed his Christmas presents early, but Wednesday had to send off some items he sold.
"Just regular stuff," Harmon said, "just selling car parts, maybe someone else's Christmas presents."
The post office is much busier than normal, Harmon said, because of the Christmas season. On a recent visit, he said, the line was so long, he gave up and left.
To deal with the longer lines, Shupe said, the post office moves more employees to the counters.
However, he said, with more people buying presents via the Internet, the post office has more deliveries to make.
"Our delivery side has been heavy, and that has a lot to do with online shopping," Shupe said.
Even though she did most of her Christmas shopping online this year, CaroLee Arscott mailed out more than 100 Christmas cards because she wanted to be able to track them.
"I do use a lot of email, but I find the post office a great need, too," she said.
The U.S. Postal Service is facing possible bankruptcy and the closure of nearly half of its processing centers nationwide. Utah faces the possible closure of several rural post offices.
Harmon uses the post office every couple of weeks and does not want to see reduced service or changes in post office hours.
"I guess it would just make it more stressful to get things done with my schedule," Harmon said. "It's seriously an easier way to ship all of the stuff I need to. It saves me money."
Thousands still rely on their local post office to deliver everything from wedding invitations to billing statements and retail catalogs.
The post office behind the Newgate Mall was recently teeming with people mailing cards and packages to loved ones.
"I use the post office because it's convenient, and it's more personable than the Internet," said Louise Fairbanks. "Plus, I'm too old to start using the computer for all that stuff."
According to the postal service website, a little more than 168 billion pieces of mail were processed in 2011 through the month of September. That's down from 176 billion in 2009.
"Email is easy, but there is nothing like actually holding and reading a handwritten letter or card," Christian McKay Egan said.
Terri Sparrow said she prefers using the post office because she's old-fashioned and likes sending Christmas cards through the mail. She also prefers not to use online services to pay her bills.
"We need our postal service," Arscott said.