Residents, businesses prepare for holiday season

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM.

Though retailers prepared specifically for an uptick in November and December foot traffic, some consumers — like Jeanette Johnson of Baker — work on their holiday shopping all year long.

"I think I got started (Christmas) shopping around October of this year," Johnson said, adding she buys gifts for each member in her family, including eight grandchildren and one great grandchild and close friends.

Even with a long shopping list, Black Friday bargains were not enticing enough to draw Johnson out to shop.

"It's just too crowded for me," she said. "When I shop, I like to take my time and look around."

Joyce and James King of DeFuniak Springs were buying presents for 11 grandchildren.

"We are still waiting on some of our grandchildren to give us their Christmas wish list, but some have already given us some ideas, like certain video games they want," Joyce King said.

"We have got started, but we still have a ways to go," James King said.

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