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Time Running Out for Christmas Shoppers

Time is running out to get all your Christmas shopping done. Stores and malls are filling with people getting their final gifts and some who haven’t even started looking. Bill Stamps caught up with some procrastinators who were at the Galleria.



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(music: “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”)

Yes, Santa Clause is coming, but someone has to help him get all those gifts. And let’s face it, Christmas shopping is one of those things you either love or hate. Some start looking for next year’s gifts as soon as Christmas is over and then there’s those who wait until the last possible moment — people like Jessie Combs, who I found sitting on bench at the Galleria.

“Yeah, I’m definitely a last minute shopper. This is early for me.”

Apparently trying to buy a bunch of gifts in one day is strenuous activity, so Jessie needed to take a break and get his energy back. By noon, he still had a few more gifts left to buy.

“Oh, my wife, my son and my parents and that’s it.”

Bill: “So right now you’re just taking a break? Yeah I’m taking a break.”

What do you get your dad, mom, uncle or spouse for Christmas? People have been waiting until the last minute to answer that question for years. Listen to this exchange from a 1960’s episode of the Jack Benny show.

“You’ve been standing in front of this counter for ten minutes.” 

” Well, I’m sorry. I’m confused.”
“Well that’s understandable. You’re confused because its Christmas time, because you have the Christmas spirit. You’re buying Christmas presents and there’s so many things to look at.”
“Well that explains why I’m confused in December, but what about all the other months? (applause)”

Ronnie Glasgow may have been a little confused. She was at Macy’s in the Galleria supposedly looking for a shirt for her dad. Problem is, she wasn’t in the men’s department.

Bill: “This is the female section. Well, while I’m here, I’m looking for myself.”

Confused may not be the word to describe Torrance Neal. Maybe frustrated is more like it. He was shopping…just standing in the middle of the mall near someone who appeared to be his son.

“I’ve gotta lose the people I’m shopping for is the first thing I’ve got to do. And then I kinda have an idea where I’m going after that.”
Bill: “How long do you think it’ll take you?”
“About ten or twenty minutes.”

Regardless of whether or not these shoppers intended to procrastinate,  time is running out that is if Santa really is coming.

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