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December 23, 2012

Two days remain, Norman shoppers brave the crowds

NORMAN — With only two shopping days left until Christmas, many are hitting area stores for last-minute purchases. Most area businesses have extended their Sunday hours for shopping today, but beware, those same businesses may close early Monday on Christmas Eve.

Sooner Fashion Mall will continue extended holiday hours today, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. Monday’s hours will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the mall will be closed on Christmas Day.

For those who are desperate for help wrapping gifts or who just want to contribute to a great charity, the Habitat for Humanity Gift Wrap booth in the Sears wing will remain open today and Monday as well. Funds will benefit the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity and donations are accepted.

Photos with Santa also will continue at the mall through Christmas Eve.

Shopping was brisk on Saturday around town with families thronging the mall and cars edging bumper to bumper throughout the University North Park shopping area on 24th Avenue Northwest.

Despite the crowds, the Christmas spirit was in evidence. One couple waited patiently at the mall security desk to turn in a Visa card they found on the floor.

While toy stores, clothing stores and others were full of people, a few folks stopped for late night shopping at quieter venues such as Walgreens and other drug stores.

Smart shoppers wanting to avoid the crowds may want to check out office supply stores. Many of them are relatively quiet now, but carry great gift items such as journals, a wide variety of ink pens and markers, as well as home and office supplies.

 

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

 

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