The holiday crunch is on at Canada Post locations across the country, and perhaps no post office feels it more keenly than in the rural Cape Breton community of Christmas Island.

There, thousands of letters and packages are sent each Christmas season by people looking to have their holiday mail stamped with the distinctive and festive Christmas Island postmark.

“They come from all over Canada, we get them from the States, we get them from several countries around the world. A lot of stamp collectors and that, like to get the postmark for Christmas,” said Christmas Island postmistress Hughena MacKinnon.

“We usually do in the vicinity of 10,000 Christmas cards per season hand-stamped with our postmark, and that’s just the cards alone, not packages and parcels and everything else. Usually, our busiest day, we do about 1,000 per day, when (Christmas) gets close in December.”

MacKinnnon said some people send just one or two letters to be postmarked while others send bundles of up to 100 to receive the Christmas Island postmark.

Other people stop in personally at the small post office with their holiday mail.

“The customers that we have, have a lot of Christmas spirit and they’re always in a good mood mailing their letters, and hoping to just add that little extra smile to the envelope,” said MacKinnon.