Thousands shop for last minute deals on Christmas Eve

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With Christmas less than 24 hours away, many shoppers spent the day buying last minute gifts for loved ones.

“My mom says she really doesn’t want much so I’ll probably buy her a card and a shirt or something,” Nyera Williams said.

Nyera Williams is on a last minute Christmas shopping trip to buy presents for her family.

Williams said, “I think it is important to give them stuff, because through our lives they have always provided for us so I just decided to get something for them out of my own money.”

She’s scrambling before the mall closes at 6 to scratch all the names off her Christmas list.

“My dad, I’ll probably buy him some shoes and my sister, I’ve already ordered hers. I may buy her clothes today,” Williams said.

The National Retail Federation says 40 percent of holiday sales happens 10 days before Christmas. Holiday spending is expected to grow 3.7 percent this year and sales are expected to top 630 billion dollars.

Other shoppers say their not only in it for the deals, but for the chaos.

“I like just being among people. This time of year is a happy time of year, even with all the stuff going on in the world, it’s good just to be among people,” said Alton Spraggins.

“It gives you more incentives to look a little bit and kind of catch the deals and just other people and I have seen a lot of my friends today shopping so I get to wish them a merry Christmas that otherwise I haven’t of saw them,” Jeff Warren said.

Shoppers say the hardest part of the day, finding a parking spot.

Williams said, “The parking lot is crazy; I was probably out there for 15 to 20 minutes trying to find a place to park.”

“I had to go way back by the bank and walk way up. It’s loaded outside,” Warren said.

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