Christmas procrastinators are dashing to the stores

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Santa's elves were dashing through the store Wednesday, loading up their sleighs with holiday surprises.

"I've got some electronic things that I need to get and some candy for the kids for Christmas," said Arlene Stewart of Biloxi.

"Just bikes and some throws for the house," said Karen Adams of Latimer.  She was shopping for her niece's three children. "We didn't know we were going to need this until today," Adams said.

Stacey Miller was among the Christmas procrastinators. She had a good excuse, though.

"I brought my little boy and his cousin with me so I can get an idea of some more things that they would like," said Miller. "It's for Santa to bring them. So it's kind of like a top secret mission."

Toys and electronics seemed to be the most popular gifts at the D'Iberville Walmart store.  Some items have already sold out.

"We had to reorder some of the fleece throws. Pop corns tins were the big items and a lot of the toys," said Assistant Manager Bret McDaniel.

Herman Bosarge and his three sons were roaming the aisles, struggling to find the perfect present for a very special person.

"Don't know what mom wants. Yes, she's very hard to shop for," said Bosarge.

"I know what she wants, a Shockey jersey," said his seven year old son Chase Bosarge.

"She just thinks that Shockey's really hot," said his eleven year old son Gavin Logan.

Despite the tough decisions and hectic scene, many shoppers weren't panicking. But that may change as the clock ticks toward Christmas Eve.

"Expect for it to be real busy. Try to have patience if you're coming shopping," said McDaniel.

"I hope not. I think I'm done," said Adams.

Managers say they expect a mad rush all day Friday, which is Christmas Eve.  Remember, most stores are closed on Christmas Day.

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