The countdown is on and the minutes are ticking away. In true holiday form, last-minute shoppers are crowding the stores.
"We have had a lot of last-minute shoppers," Rachel Hofmann said from behind her counter at Blue Moon Gifts. "People are buying lots of candles, nightlights and jewelry."
Patrons at local retail establishments were scavenging aisles for last-minute gifts and supplies.
"I thought I had everything, then I realized I was out of wrapping paper and bags for gifts," a customer who wished to remain anonymous said. "I am now buying three more toys for my grandsons and some new sweaters for my daughter because of the sale."
This same woman commented on only spending a set amount and being wiser about the money that she is spending.
"I came to (a local store) because it fits within my budget and I don't have to drive to Terre Haute or Plainfield to get the last-minute things," she said. "This saves me money and time between work and home."
Vickey Higgins and Robin Heineman both drove into Brazil for their last-minute gifts.
"We are buying a lot of lotions, necklaces, a make up case and gifts for the babies," Higgins said.
With the strain of the economy, consumers are being smart when it comes to buying.
"We are also buying fabric for homemade gifts," Heineman said. "It adds the personal touch and it helps to cut back on the cost."
With people in the community staying in the area for shopping it is good news for the local economy.
"We are very happy the weather has stopped people traveling to different areas," Hoffmann said. "We really want everyone to stay safe for the holidays."