(TCPALM) — Mary Beth Mauldin’s priority cross-country mailing of a special Christmas gift to her mother in Winter Beach just arrived in pristine condition — 371 days late.

“I laughed,” said Mary Lou Shelton, though her daughter still is a little miffed because the United States Postal Service didn’t deliver it to her mother’s post office box until Dec. 16, a year and six days later.

The box contained a flannel nightgown that Mauldin, 53, specially purchased last year because it contained images of cardinals, a family favorite. This nightgown, “with red birds on it, was really over the top,” she said.

Now the delivery proves she really did mail a gift to her mother on Dec. 10, 2010.

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