With the holiday season approaching Canada Post is reminding residents to keep a watchful eye on the calendar.

Every year seems like the same old story. The panic, the fear, and the disappointment that parcels won't arrive in time for the big day. Canada Post has some advice for those last minute mailers.

Canada Post is expecting the busiest season to date, due to all of the online shoppers avoiding the crowded mall and making their Christmas purchases from the comfort of their home. They estimate that 80% of Christmas purchases are now made online and sent right to customer’s homes.

Lynn Thomson, Canada Post Cochrane, Postmaster, has seen a significant increase of parcels in the last few years and they work very hard at getting everything out as quickly as possible.

"We are adding staff during the peak season to minimize the wait for customers."

If a parcel needs to go overseas, the deadline for surface mail has passed but there is always the option of express mail, but that is going to cost you much more. Thomson said the absolute latest you should put a Canadian parcel in the regular mail is December 12, and express post cut off is December 21 to ensure a timely delivery for Christmas Day.

So avoid those long waits and get your parcels mailed, so you can get to put your feet up and enjoy the season's festivities.