For Many, Christmas Shopping Well Underway

We haven't made it to Thanksgiving yet, but the Christmas shopping season is already underway.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has already begun. Leane Chaney and her daughter have been out shopping for Christmas.

"I've started because all the decorations and everything are out in the store and it kind of puts you in the mood to start decorating at home and buying the gifts," Chaney said.

Chaney spent her Saturday afternoon at the store My Favorite Things, trying to get some decorating ideas.

"So they come here and get all the newest tree trimmings and ideas and they start decorating," said My Favorite Things Store Clerk Joyzette Fields.

The smell of Christmas is in the air as the stockings are hung and halls are decked, but for Amy McDougal, the holiday season came early this year.

"It gets earlier every year, but we enjoy it a great deal and want to have time to enjoy family so we're trying to get as early a start as we can," McDougal said.

Local retailers say they start preparing for the holidays in September.

"We get all our shipment in and then we start decorating and then our sales start," said Dawahare's Store Clerk Sarah Holbrook.

Now that the Christmas sales are underway, so is the gift buying.

"I've started it today and I've bought a lot so I'm well on my way to Christmas," said Janie Hackney.

Local store employees say once they get through the holidays, they will start planning for next year in January.

Local store managers say the busiest shopping day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving because they say that's usually when shoppers can find the best sales.