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Last-minute Christmas shopping

Toys, leftover fruitcake, department store Santas, toy store mobs, last minute shoppers, enormous light displays and faith restored — it's all part of the rich tradition of Christmas. Over the years, CBC Radio and Television have documented the spiritual and material aspects of the ever-evolving Christmas holiday. 'Tis the joyous, and sometimes maddening, season of giving.

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A ham, beef jerky and nylons -- these are the desperate last-minute gift ideas that procrastinating Christmas shoppers confess to in this CBC Television interview. It seems to happen every year, say Bruno Guglieminetti, Laura Haggart and Pete Soucy. Sometimes they rely on what store is still open; other times they simply buy what they see. Describing stories of Christmases past, these shoppers reveal how they plan to handle this year's big rush.
• In 2001, the average Canadian spent $741 on Christmas presents. They were estimated to have shopped for 11 people, spending an average of $68 per gift. In total, Canadians spent $16 billion on Christmas presents.
Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Dec. 23, 1993
Guest(s): Bruno Guglieminetti, Laura Haggart, Pete Soucy
Host: Wendy Mesley
Interviewer: Kevin Newman
Duration: 8:22

Last updated: December 24, 2014

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