Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx; shipping companies blame weather for problems

NEW YORK - Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.

The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this week in parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. The holiday shopping period this year was shorter than usual, and Americans' tendency to wait until the last possible second to shop probably didn't help either.

Neither company said how many packages were delayed but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments.

UPS planned to resume normally scheduled service Thursday.

In a statement, UPS said it could not keep up with shipments as "the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network."

Some FedEx customers were able to pick up packages Christmas Day at their local FedEx Express centers.

Online retailer Amazon.com was forced to apologize to customers after its deliveries were delayed. It offered shipping refunds in some cases and gift certificates for future purchases.