Nearly 25 Percent Of Men Wait Until Christmas Eve To Start Shopping

Published: Dec. 24, 2007 at 8:55 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2007 at 3:33 PM CST
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If you listen carefully this Christmas Eve, you might hear the sound of wrapping paper being ripped off the rolls as thousands of East Texans get last-minute presents ready for Christmas.

We caught lots of late shoppers out this morning, many of them were men.

"I'm generally out every time -- it's the last time that I can shop before the stores close," said shopper John Lacy.

The crowds we saw in Tyler Monday morning were a bit lighter. The shopping was friendlier, and much of the clientele compared to the weekend: manlier.  A full one-quarter of American men now say they wait until the last minute.

"It's just my time.  I always wait until the end of the year," said another shopper, Glen Johnson.

Some men had no list in hand. Instead they were just browsing from aisle to aisle.

"It's just more exciting, and more fun when you do it in the last minute," said Johnson.

Why do last-minute shoppers get such a bad rap? Isn't it just called "being on time?"

"I was 74 in August, and that's been many years of experience," said Dale Fox, who also said the morning of the 24th is perfect.

That's especially true when he saw the mania of the weekend.

"I thought, 'I'm not fighting this crowd. I've got one more day.'  I could have waited until this afternoon in all honesty and more people might be home.  I've been a last minute shopper for years," Fox said.

If you're still without your gifts tonight, perhaps it's best to say, "I haven't been shopping yet."

"My husband said he couldn't think of anything to get me, so I just fill my own basket and this is just my first stop," said Cindy Grimes. "I didn't want to be the only one with not having presents under the tree. I've been very good."

Morgan Palmer, reporting.