Christmas Eve shoppers had a myriad of reasons to be out and about, but all could agree on one thing: Barring any immediate exchanges, shoppers are weary and have little desire to seek post-holiday sales.

A pair of shoppers Wednesday were finished with their Christmas shopping, but were out buying a birthday gift.


Christmas Eve shoppers had a myriad of reasons to be out and about, but all could agree on one thing: Barring any immediate exchanges, shoppers are weary and have little desire to seek post-holiday sales.
A pair of shoppers Wednesday were finished with their Christmas shopping, but were out buying a birthday gift.
“I’m just out buying a gift for my sister who was born on Dec. 25,” said Samantha McDonald. “I’m finished with my Christmas shopping, but I just needed to do this for my sister, Robin,” she said of her sweater purchase.
Samantha said she and her mother, Lisa, who accompanied her, are mindful of Robin’s same-day holidays.
“We understand, and we usually try to get her a little bit more,” said Lisa McDonald of St. James.
As for post-holiday sales, Lisa McDonald does not see that in her immediate future.
“Oh, no. This will do it for us,” Lisa McDonald said.
Another couple from St. Robert were Christmas shopping only because they learned they will have an unexpected house guest.
“We’re out today, buying lots of gifts, because my goddaughter is coming to visit,” said Etoile Hamilton.
“We got her some toys, but we’re also getting her some clothes. She’s coming to visit, and we didn’t know that until recently,” she said.
A Rolla woman was shopping Christmas Eve for an unplanned gift, something that wasn’t on her husband’s wish list but was a late addition.
“I got him a Presto fish fryer,” said Cathy Reagan of Rolla. “We were at my daughter’s (home) who has one, and he was so impressed with her’s that I thought I’d get him one, too.”
Today, that may be the only gift that is safe from the long gift-exchange lines. Many stores Wednesday were already preparing for the onslaught of exchanges.