Stores Packed with Last-Minute Shoppers

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas Last-minute shoppers packed stores around the Bryan-College Station area Christmas Eve, trying to beat the Christmas clock.

Post Oak Mall was open until 6 p.m., and shoppers were there all day hunting for deals.

"It's pretty hectic. A bunch of people come in and want to get their last-minute gifts," said Antonio Arjon with Kay Jewelers.

Kirsty Thomas said for her, last-minute shopping has become a way of life.

"I do it ever year," said Thomas. "I say I'm not going to."

Even with the pressures of finding last-minute gifts, for many shoppers at the mall, the experience was better than expected.

Victoria Forrest was out shopping for her brothers and her best friend. She said her shopping experience was a pleasant surprise.

"It doesn't seem to be as bad as I thought it could have been," said Forrest.

Randi Anderson with the Mule Barn Boutique said the stress of the holidays didn't seem to be showing on the faces of her customers.

"Oh they're really nice. Especially around the holidays," said Anderson.

Keneth Workman said he couldn't get out any sooner than Christmas Eve because of work, but when he was able to go shopping, he brought his entire family.

"This year is nice and quiet. I like that," said Workman.

If you still have shopping to do on Christmas, stores like Walgreens and CVS will be open most of the day.