Last-minute shoppers

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The malls were buzzing as the countdown to Christmas wrapped up in just a day.

This festive crew outside of Starbucks was taking it all in. 

“Sit and drink coffee and watch everyone walking by and it’s just a nice way to start the holiday,” said Wendy Rogers. 

Rogers said people watching and spreading some holiday cheer on Christmas Eve is a 21-year tradition.

“That’s what we like to watch especially all the guys coming last minute shopping. It’s kinda fun,” said Rogers. 

Cody Krahe picked out a new pajama set to exchange with his wife. 

“They’re just blue and white stripes. We do it every year so it’s been about 10 years now. I’m running out of patterns,” said Krahe.

Jim Otteni followed suit, Santa hat and all.  

“That’s tradition for guys. We wait until the last minute to get our significant others their gifts,” said Otteni. 

Not everyone shopping was procrastinating this season. Some people plan on getting all of their gifts on Christmas Eve.

“It’s not as busy and it’s in and out. Quick and easy,” said Bob Russell. 

That’s why Russell puts off holiday shopping until the day before. He said method has worked for him ever since he started. 

“About 15 years ago, when I got married,” said Russell. 

When December 25th roles around, it’s not about when you went shopping or what’s in the bag.

It’s thinking of others that matters most. 

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