The time's coming to send out those boxes of cookies, toiletries, books and other comforts to loved one abroad. The U.S. Post Office has released suggested international/military mailing dates to make sure those cards and cartons of care get there by Dec. 25.

Military mail addressed toAPO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 must be sent by Dec. 18 for Express Mail Military Service; Dec. 11 for First Class mail, letters and cards and Priority Mail; Dec. 4 for Parcel Airlift Mail; Nov. 28 for Space Available Mail and Nov. 13 for Parcel Post.

Military mail addressed toAPO/FPO AE ZIP 093 must be sent by Dec. 4 for First Class mail, letters and cards and Priority Mail; Dec. 1 for Parcel Airlift Mail; Nov. 21 for Space Available Mail and Nov. 13 for Parcel Post.

Military mail addressed toAPO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 must be sent by Dec. 18 for Express Mail Military Service; Dec. 11 for First Class mail, letters and cards and Priority Mail; Dec. 4 for Parcel Airlift Mail; Nov. 28 for Space Available Mail and Nov. 13 for Parcel Post.

Military mail addressed to APO/FPO AA ZIP 340 must be sent by Dec. 18 for Express Mail Military Service; Dec. 11 for First Class mail, letters and cards and Priority Mail; Dec. 4 for Parcel Airlift Mail; Nov. 28 for Space Available Mail and Nov. 13 for Parcel Post.

Military mail addressed toAPO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966 must be sent by Dec. 18 for Express Mail Military Service; Dec. 11 for First Class mail, letters and cards and Priority Mail; Dec. 4 for Parcel Airlift Mail; Nov. 28 for Space Available Mail and Nov. 13 for Parcel Post.

APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms for packages.

International mail addressed to:

Africa must be sent by Dec. 18 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 12 for Express Mail International; Dec. 4 for Priority Mail International and First Class Mail.

Asia/Pacific Rim must be sent by Dec. 18 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 11 for Priority Mail International and First Class Mail.

Australia/New Zealand must be sent by Dec. 18 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 11 for Priority Mail International and First Class Mail.

Canada must be sent by Dec. 22 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 18 for Express Mail International; Dec. 14 for Priority Mail International and Dec. 11 for First Class Mail.

The Caribbean must be sent by Dec. 21 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 14 for Priority Mail International and Dec. 11 for First Class Mail.

Central and South America must be sent by Dec. 21 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 12 for Express Mail International; Dec. 4 for Priority Mail International and First Class Mail.

Mexico must be sent by Dec. 22 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 11 for Priority Mail International and First Class Mail.

Europe must be sent by Dec. 21 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 14 for Priority Mail International and Dec. 11 for First Class Mail.

The Middle East must be sent by Dec. 18 for Global Express Guaranteed; Dec. 17 for Express Mail International; Dec. 14 for Priority Mail International and Dec. 11 for First Class Mail.