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A sea of shoppers rush to purchase last minute Christmas gifts in New York city.
As the hours count down, Americans remember-- nothing says holiday cheer like ploughing in to a frenzy of equally stressed-out people.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AL DEKIN, LAST MINUTE SHOPPER, SAYING:
"We've got three boys and a wife to finish shopping for and my in-laws coming, so it's going to be a tense last couple of days I'm sure."
But if crowds aren't your thing, there's always the internet.
The downside to online shopping of course--harsh winter weather that might prevent your shipments from arriving on time.
Who really wants a white Christmas anyway?
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLDPORT OPERATIONS MANAGER, AMY SITTERLY, SAYING:
"It's unfortunate that we could possibly see weather and i think the way the meteorologists are saying, it's coming."
For some people, though, there are more important things than whether or not your quirky gift for the in-laws arrives on time. A simple hug from loved ones is probably the best gift a soldier returning from a war zone could ever wish for.
Countdown to Christmas (0:54)
Dec. 24 - Last minute shoppers scurry to grab gifts ahead of Christmas. Julie Noce reports. ( Transcript )