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Susan Wood ReportingIf you got out to the shopping mall over the weekend you probably had to fight a few crowds. The holiday shopping season seemed to arrive with the snowstorm.
The holiday shopping season is getting a jump-start from Mother Nature. A lot of people are out looking for anything to keep warm. Add some tinsel and lights to the store displays and it's amazing how the shopping list starts to grow.
Tim Barnes, Ft. Union SuperTarget Store Manager: “The sweaters are going out, the gloves and all that, but beyond that people are getting in the mood for Christmas too."
Retailers have a several things working in their favor this year as the holiday shopping season begins. Stores were already busy with Halloween falling on a weekend, then the snow fell as November began and everybody seemed to get in the holiday mood. Retailers say the economy is picking up and sales should reflect that.
One woman KSL spoke with was part of that trend; she began her Christmas shopping in September.
Sarah Lambourne: "I know that if I wait till the last minute, I may not find what I want cause everything sells out so fast."
Yet others are searching the store wondering where Thanksgiving went.
Joyce Sonnenberg:" When we see Christmas trees lighted before Halloween then we feel like where did all the holidays go? We love Christmas and we're anxious to get into Christmas, but we like to celebrate thanksgiving."