Christmas shoppers crowd Edgewater Mall

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Time is quickly running out for Christmas shoppers to cross off the final items on those shopping lists.

The kids are out of school.  Many stores are extending their hours. And it's time to get serious about finishing this year's Christmas shopping.

"Most of the stores are reporting fantastic numbers," said Michelle Rogers, the marketing director for Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, "And we're just thrilled."

It's late morning two days before Christmas. While Santa is still making little ones smile, holiday shoppers are on a home stretch buying spree.

"Really this whole fourth quarter has been phenomenal. The shoppers are out in force," said Rogers.

"It's going just fine. I'm in the Christmas spirit," said Dorothy Burks, wearing a Santa hat.

She put on her Santa hat and joined the shopping frenzy.

"All day long. Today and tomorrow," said Burks, when asked about her shopping mission.

There was a line at the gift wrap station. And guess what--big surprise—it was all men.

"My wife does all the wrapping for everybody else. And I do the wrapping for her. Or rather, the Salvation Army does the wrapping for her," said Joe Spivey of Vancleave.

Along with the gift wrap station, the benches throughout the mall are another favorite spot of many men; a spot where they can sit down and relax after several frantic hours of last minute shopping.

Shoppers in need of a quick pick-me-up can visit Michael Colborn's candy kiosk.

"We do cinnamon glazed nuts. We do fresh fudge. We have a coffee shop over in Pascagoula where we prepare everything.  Get everybody all sugared up to make it through the holidays," said Colborn.

A little sugar might be just enough fuel to finish that last minute shopping list.

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