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Local shoppers wait until the very last minute to nab Christmas gifts

Posted at 8:42 AM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 09:43:24-05

While the stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, it took a lot of work to get here.

"Getting some last minute groceries for Christmas Eve, Elisabeth Bassen said. "Going to have people over and it will be nice."

Bassen is back home in Shorewood. She lives in Washington D.C. but is home for the holidays. She's running some errands to help out.

"Little less busy today than we expected," Bassen said. "More people are prepared."

"I love this time of year," Elayne Waeltz of Milwaukee said. "I kind of like a little bit to wait until the last minute. It's kind of fun on a few things."

That wasn't the case all over though.

"Last minute Christmas shopping," Travis Hosin of Kenosha said. "Procrastination."

Hosin had a couple gifts in plastic bags and ready to go. Though, his procrastination lead to quick choices.

"It was on clearance," Hosin said. "Two dollars. That's what sold it for me."

For others, the gift doesn't matter.

"My favorite thing about Christmas is being around family," Landin Walker said.

Sgt. Landin Walker is visiting from Jacksonville, NC. He is in Wisconsin for a special first time.

"This is the first time I get to meet his family so kind of a huge deal," Walker said. "We got here about three or four days ago and told his mother about two days before that we were coming up. They didn't have the house decorated yet but over the last weekend, she went and got the house all nice and neat for us."

Walker says he and his boyfriend live on the Marines base in Jacksonville. So getting to enjoy Christmas is the best gift he could ask for.

"It's nice to kind of being a warm Christmas environment," Walker said. "Down there on base, everyone is busy all the time. It's crowded in the barracks room. It's not Christmasey being on base by yourself or even out in town in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It's nice to come up here and meet his family."