It's the busiest week of the year for Royal Mail and the sorting office in Carlisle has taken on extra staff to meet the Christmas rush.
The latest episode of ITV Border's Scottish political programme, Representing Border, looks at the issues from Holyrood and Westminster that matter to the South of Scotland.
Thousands of us dip into our pockets at this time of year to buy presents and extra treats for friends and family. But the pressure to spend can lead to problems. And that's prompted Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service to issue some guidelines to help people avoid getting into debt at this time of year.
ITV Border spoke to Sue Irving from the Citizens Advice Service, and asked her what the main pitfalls are:
Marie Curie cancer care, which is dedicated to helping terminally ill people, is one of those organisations that will be supported this year.
Hannah McNulty has been to meet one couple in Dumfries and Galloway who are being helped by the charity
Queen of the South are appealing against a two match ban given to Andy Dowie.
They are appealing against the charge, in which the defender was is accused of violent conduct by standing on an opposing player's leg.
The appeal will be heard tomorrow.
Police in the Borders are continuing their appeal for witnesses after a road accident in Selkirk town centre.
Marion Fair, who is 84-years-old was struck by a lorry on Monday at around 3pm in Market Place, Selkirk. She is in a serious but stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Scottish artist Erin Colquhoun has dedicated a specially-decorated marriage anvil at the world famous Blacksmith's Shop in Gretna Green.
Under Scottish law, same sex couples now have the legal right to convert their existing civil partnership to a marriage.
Erin's anvil was inspired partly by the fact her younger sister was the victim of homophobic bullying at school.
It's estimated 5,000 couple get married each year in Gretna.