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Diehard Oklahoma shoppers don’t let the snow drive them away

BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: December 25, 2009

/> Hobbs, a stay-at-home mom, said she was out buying items on her mother’s shopping list because her mother didn’t want to venture out.

"I’ve been done for weeks,” she said. "Mine were wrapped and under the tree by Thanksgiving.”

But Bill Pevarnik of Oklahoma City was a procrastinator, just starting his gift-buying Wednesday.

All metro-area malls were reporting good crowds Thursday.

"People that have to do last-minute shopping were going to do it regardless of the weather,” said Jim Swenson, manager of Crossroads Mall.

While Christmas Eve is an important day for retailers, so is the day after Christmas, when many people venture out to make returns.