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Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Head To Malls, Stores

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's only one more day for procrastinators to finish up Christmas shopping.

Some stores like Toys-R-Us have stayed up for 24 hour shopping. Macy's stayed open late Sunday, and re-opened early Monday morning.

This weekend, malls in the mid state were packed with people spending their last few weekend hours gathering gifts.

"Everywhere every store, all downstairs everywhere you look there's people," said shopper Hannah Owen.

According to national figures, two-thirds of Americans, or 132-million people, have not finished their holiday shopping. About 14-percent have not even started buying gifts, and nine percent, or 17-million people, will rush to the malls on Christmas Eve to shop.

So far, the average American has spent $340 on presents. The majority of shoppers plan to shell out $770 apiece for the holiday.

Along with the long lines of cars, and the lines in the stores, even a picture with Santa was an hour long ordeal at times.

"The wife gets to go shopping and she leaves me here, isn't that nice?" joked Brian Smith, who was standing in line for his children to take a picture with Santa.

The National Retail Federation predicts the total holiday spending this year will be about $586.1 billion; which is up 4.1 percent from last year. That's important for retailers because they make up to 40 percent of their annual season during the holiday season.

Most stores and malls open early Christmas Eve, but will close early. Stores including Walmart, Target, and Toys-R-Us are not open on Christmas. For a full list, go to Last Minute Shopping Store Hours.

Santa set off from the North Pole late Sunday night. You can track him all Christmas Eve with the help of NORAD.

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