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Soggy shopping before Christmas

Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 19:55:36-05

No amount of rain drops or snowflakes could stop people in the metro from finishing their last-minute Christmas shopping.

For some, the dreary weather led to good moods during the final rush Wednesday.

"The lines have been great. I see there's a lot of employees in the store,” Sammy Luci says.  “Not a whole lot of people so it's been great for us."

Others, such as sisters Morgan and Madison Edwards, were wishing for a White Christmas – not a wet one

"I feel like it would be better to shop while it's snowing just because it kind of puts you in the Christmas spirit. This kind of sucks,” Madison Edwards says.

But in a weird way, many say the dampness brought holiday cheer.

"It just seems like Christmas when it's snowing big flakes like this,” Darwin Reider says. “I just want to get out of the house and get in the spirit."

Big retailers like Wal-Mart are banking that this weather puts people in the mood to shop.

"We're still pretty busy,” says Margie Schoville, an assistant manager at Wal-Mart. “So they're still coming in as the day progresses will even have more shoppers as people get off of work."

According to the National Weather Service, Omaha had the second wettest December on record with more than three-and-a-half inches of rain the weekend of Dec. 13th.

Still this unusual weather is not anything to cry about it, according to shoppers.

"We can do this. It didn't stop us,” Lana Cummings says. “In fact, when it started snowing is when we decided to go out so the kids could be in it."