WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Thirty minutes away from Christmas and delivery drivers are doing their best to deliver your gifts, your goodies and your gratitude.
The United States Postal Service anticipates handing out more than 800 million packages during the holiday season and that includes what gets delivered on Christmas Eve.
News 18 met up with a USPS carrier to see what it's like on one of the busiest days of the year.
"It's chaotic," said five-year mail carrier veteran Marcela Estrada.
Chaotic is the simple way to put it for Estrada.
"Really busy," said Estrada.
The mother of two kids has been working with the United States Postal Service since 2014 and on Christmas Eve she showed off her holiday spirit with some shades, a Santa hat and a Christmas scarf.
USPS expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week alone.
"A lot of us are tired," said Estrada. "We are stressed, but we all try to stay positive and work as a team."
Estrada said she usually works up to 60 hours a week during the holiday season and that holiday season typically starts on Black Friday and for the most part she delivers packages straight to people's door.
"It's heartwarming honestly," said Estrada. "Especially when you see someone who has been waiting for something or a surprise and you're the one that is providing that service."
The USPS service kicks it into high gear for the holidays to make sure everyone is happy.
"We're like Santa Claus," said Estrada. "Sometimes we are the only people anyone sees sometimes. We get letters from relatives from across the country across the globe sometimes."
While Estrada sorts through her abundance of mail, she said it's tough to be working such crazy hours during the holiday especially with kids at home.
"They enjoy the little time we do have together around this time but I make it fun," said Estrada.
Through scanning the packages, knocking on doors and driving her truck, Estrada has a message to her 15 and 12 year old children.
"Merry Christmas guys," said Estrada.