South Floridian's hit the stores for last minute shopping
SWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) -- The holiday hustle is in full swing. With just two more shopping days left before Christmas, it's crunch time.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, well, except for that last minute shopping part. Crowded malls and parking lots and plenty of presents still waiting to be bought. "For my son and my boyfriend and my mother," said Madra Roberts.
It comes around once a year, always on the same day so why do last minute shoppers always wait? "You don't want to do it too early," said Ronel Ceus, "because when you do it too early they start searching and looking for bags, and then they say, 'Oh, so you bought me..,' you know? You understand?"
Some Santa's try to be secretive, others are just in it for the holiday cheer. "It's just fun," said Emily Caceres, "Just walking around seeing everybody, you know."
At Dolphin Mall cars lined up for blocks all looking for a spot. "Parking was crazy," said JC Caicedo. "I mean, I pretty much parked where I wasn't supposed to park."
But the real hunt happened inside. Dads and kids looked for sparkly surprises for moms. Jessica Tirado did a favor for her brother, she bought the gift he will be giving his wife. "I got my sister-in-law a cross-body," said Tirabo. "It's a purse you wear across your body."
Shoppers experienced long lines and workers with holiday hats have experienced long hours. "It's good because the extra pay for the holidays is awesome," said Cassandra Machado. "The hours get a little tiring but were young. I love it. I love working in the mall for the holidays, you feel the spirit."
Some things will never change, like last minute shopping and the gift that every little kid wants. "What do you want Santa to bring you this year? Ponies!"
It's not too late to make the Christmas wishes come true. Many malls and stores throughout South Florida are offering extended holiday hours.
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