CHRISTMAS HAS always been a time for seeing friends and family but the unfortunate reality for many of us is that isn't always possible.
Whether it's the demands of work or a simple geography, sometimes it's nigh on impossible to be with those special loved ones come December 25th.
That doesn't mean you can't touch their hearts with a thoughtful gift or card that lets them know they are on your mind at this very special time of year.
That's where a service like the ever-reliable An Post comes in.
For more than 30 years it's been on hand to ensure our loved ones get those presents, cards or whatever else you may have up your sleeve come the big day.
But when do you need to get your letters or packages posted in order to ensure they arrive by Christmas Day? In some instances, it's sooner than you think.
What are the last dates for Christmas deliveries with An Post?
if you want to get a parcel delivered by standard mail to such far-flung destinations as Australia, Asia or America, you need to get it sent off by Friday, December 7th to ensure it definitely arrives on time.
Anyone posting parcels to countries across Europe need to get them sent off by Wednesday, December 12th.
Those planning to send a parcel to friends and family in Great Britain, meanwhile, should get them sent off by Tuesday, December 18th.
With time fast running out, this is your opportunity to let your friends and family know that even though you are far away, they will always be part of Christmas for you.