Oklahomans rush finish last-minute Christmas shopping before ice hits

Posted on: 2:08 pm, December 20, 2013, by , updated on: 02:38pm, December 20, 2013

Crest Grocery Store - Ashton Edwards

MOORE, Okla – With winter weather blowing through the state, most Oklahomans are getting ready to hunker down for the weekend.

With Christmas just five days away, many people viewed today as a last-chance effort to get last minute Christmas shopping done.

“I need to stock up on my Christmas Day dinner!” Shirley Hudson laughed. “So I’m doing it early.”

As ice warnings pop up across Oklahoma, shoppers like Hudson want to make sure they have everything ready for the holiday week when the weather turns nasty.

“We just like to get out early and make sure we have plenty of water and just staples like good old bread and lunch meat and things like that, just to tide over until the weather’s gone.” She said.

Others like Sue Sackett are getting ready for family to arrive this weekend. Sackett says she is always prepared for bad weather in Oklahoma, but she wants to make sure there is plenty of food in the house for her grandkids.

“If I can get all the family in and know where they are and safe, that’s good, that’s good.” Sackett said. “That’s what I always want, to know that everybody’s in their place and safe.”

Most of the other shoppers we talked to say the are not really worried about the storm that is rolling in. They don’t mind weather that feels more festive as long as their families are together.

“I’m trying to get my bases covered.” Sacket laughed.

According to workers at the Crest Store in Moore, the number of people that come through their store more than doubles during winter weather.