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Shoppers swarm at Valley View on "Panic Saturday"

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ROANOKE, VA - Christmas Trees, Santa Claus and decorated store fronts reminds shoppers at Valley View Mall, Christmas is just four days away. Last minute shoppers rush in and out of stores in an effort to scratch every name off their shopping list. Charles Swain says he ventured out to the crowded mall with two very special kids in mind.

"I'm doing some shopping for my grandchildren they're twins and coming from Georgia for christmas," says Swain. "I'm shopping to get them something and all of my grandchildren."

And with most of her shopping already finished, Melanie Johnson is searching for a few little items.

"I've seen a few people I know and everybody is doing that-- last minute, catch up and get it done," says Johnson.

Mall Manager, Louise Dudley, explains fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas means larger crowds at Valley View Mall.

"The weekend before Christmas is generally our peak weekend," Dudley says. "We're expecting to be at capacity. The parking lot is full, but traffic is moving-- which is great news for us."

With the parking lots full, many shoppers are taking advantage of the huge holiday sales. While others, like 5-year-old Ian, are focusing on getting their last minute wish list to the man in red.

Whether they're asking Santa for a boat or shopping on what many are calling "Panic Saturday," these shoppers agree on what's most important.

"Buying gifts for the little ones and cooking for them when they come in," says Swain.

"It means family, getting together with friends and family and loved ones and celebrating Jesus's birthday," says Johnson. "That's the most important thing. But the last minute gifting can be important as well."

Proving last minute doesn't mean less thoughtful.

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