dpd1 - 8:19 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)
I just noticed this morning that I had numerous USPS shipments just now getting to locations a couple states over, after 6-8 days. And that's west coast. I don't recall repeated delays like that in the past. So I would definitely say that is well into 'special circumstances' territory. Nothing you can do about it. They probably trimmed their work force down too much this year.