Procrastinators dash to stores, pushing Christmas deadline

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) – Shoppers dashed through the aisles Thursday morning, trying to fulfill those final holiday wishes. So what was it like shopping on Christmas Eve?

"Crazy. Crazy, but fun.  And it really helps get you in the Christmas spirit," said Jane Simpson of Biloxi.

"It is really busy today.  We have customers down every aisle, bumping into one another," said Georgia Will, Toy Department Manager for the D'Iberville Walmart store.

Procrastinators had plenty of reasons for pushing the Christmas deadline.

"I'm buying my little girl a bike for Christmas. Just got back into town from Fort Campbell," said Glenn Roberts of Biloxi.

"My husband just got in from offshore, so we waited until today to do our Christmas shopping together.  We've only been married a couple of months," said Simpson.

"I feel like it's a fog over me," said Norma Nelson as she walked through the toy department.

Nelson was shopping for five grandchildren.

"I'm looking for Hannah Montana.  No Hannah Montana in Walmart today.  So that means I got to go to another store. I always say I'm going to start in October.  It never happens.  It just started, so I got until probably midnight tonight," said Nelson.

Not everyone was caught up in the shopping frenzy. Connley Williams, 4, took a break by playing video games.

When asked what he wants Santa to bring him, Connley said "A DS and a G-Force and a Sparks Scooter".

Connley said he has been a very good boy.  And those good boys and girls will be waiting for their gifts.  So the presents better make it under the tree in time.

"The crowds, traffic. I mean it's just horrible," said Roberts.

When asked if he'll put off shopping next Christmas, he shook his head and replied "No!"

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