The last weekend for consumers to wrap up their Christmas lists was mostly cloudy in Texoma, but the less than festive rainy weather didn’t stop residents from last-minute sprees to fill the spaces under their trees.

The last weekend for consumers to wrap up their Christmas lists was mostly cloudy in Texoma, but the less than festive rainy weather didn’t stop residents from last-minute sprees to fill the spaces under their trees.


The National Retail Federation said on its website it expects holiday sales nationwide to rise 3.9 percent from 2012.


Some Texoma residents in Denison and Sherman stores said they expected to spend more this holiday season than last year, but many also planned on keeping the shopping simple.


Whitesboro High School Bearcat Nic Butts was waiting with his mother Carrie Butts at a Sherman retailer, where the 17-year-old drove to have his Christmas present installed.


"It’s a new stereo for my car," Butts said. Butts said his own Christmas budget was larger than last year, and he had picked out one gift for a friend while he waited; "a gaming mouse and mousepad."


Julia Richmond, a San Antonio resident, said she was visiting her mother who lives in Denison. Richmond was Christmas shopping for her husband at a bookstore there.


"I’m just looking for the newest fiction," Richmond said, "This one, ‘The Round House,’ sounded good to me. I know he likes John Grisham, but I think we’ve read all of those."


Richmond said, "I’ll probably spend a little bit less this year; my mom is older and my sisters and I all told each other not to buy anything."


After some coaxing, Richmond laughed and admitted she may still buy presents for her siblings. "I always do that," Richmond said, "and they get mad at me. I’ll still try to spend a little bit less, though."


Enrique Guerre took a break on a packed day inside a local coffee shop in downtown Denison, between his children’s dance rehearsals and Christmas shopping.


Guerre said the ice storm that swept Texoma last week froze his Christmas shopping schedule and rushed last-minute rehearsals for his children’s production of "The Nutcracker."


"There were about four days that we couldn’t get out, and rehearsals were cancelled," Guerre said, "now we’re on a very tight schedule."


Guerre said he expects to spend "about the same" amount on gifts as last year, but none of it will go to online retailers.


"I haven’t trusted shopping online," Guerre said, "I like to at least know it’s available, and online I don’t know if it’s going to be secure or arrive on time."


Guerre said the last things on his list were "a couple of big items, like a tablet" for someone special, and a gift for his kids who "like to jump."


Guerre said he planned on browsing downtown Denison’s antique stores for a gift for his parents after his coffee break.


Gail Smith of Sherman was shopping at a retailer in Sherman’s Town Center, diligently crossing names off of her list.


"I’m actually spending less this year, and I’m doing it by shopping smarter, instead of impulse buys. My children are grown now, so I told them all to make me a list, and I’m going strictly by the list."


Smith said she came to that retailer specifically to get her eldest daughter’s gift. "It’s a streaming system for TV," Smith said, "I’m also going to get some video games and movies here."


Smith said she "did do a lot of shopping online," and she hoped to finish her list before the end of her shopping on Saturday.


The National Retail Federation said in a December 13 statement, "as of December 9, the average holiday shopper had completed half (49.9 percent) of their shopping, slightly less than the 56.5 percent they’d completed by this time last year, boding well for retailers who are preparing for a very big holiday shopping weekend."