Last Minute Shopping
This is the last full weekend before the big day, and in downtown Columbia, it shows.
"We were just walking around downtown and saw the horse drawn carriages and musicians," said shopper Jill Lafferty.
As busy buyers move from store to store, there is an underlying pressure that drives them, they don't want to be tied up at the last minute.
"I do a lot of homemade gifts so I did them a couple of months ago," said smart shopper Morgan See, "so now they're just done."
Other shoppers know they've got work to do. "Well, so far not so good. I need to catch up," said shopper Ron Wineinger. "My wife is way ahead of me so I need to get it done."
Others have shopping horror stories.
"On Christmas Eve I bought some lottery scratch tickets because there were only gas stations open in my hometown," said Nathan See.
The inevitable time crunch is apparent everywhere, but Adam Lafferty knows his shopping will get done.
"I usually just stay at home and think of stuff, and then I just go with my Mom and Dad."
As proof that procrastinators are out there, Christmas Eve Day is actually a big day for retailers. You can bet a lot of people we talked to will be out this week and into next weekend getting everything finished up, wrapped up, and ready to go.