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Christmas is all about tradition, even last-minute shopping, it seems.

Christmas is all about tradition, even last-minute shopping, it seems.

“We started Tuesday, after exams. We always go to the same place. It’s always last-minute. We usually shop together. It’s a tradition,” said fourth-year University of Ottawa law student Danny Raffiel, as he gestured toward his cousin Rachel, a third-year psychology student at the same school.

Clutching bulging shopping bags, the pair said gift giving isn’t the most important part of Christmas.

“It’s getting together with family. It’s about love, religion,” said Danny, adding his family holds an annual Christmas Eve party with 30-50 relatives attending.

For Sami Dhraief, the best part of Christmas this year will be giving his girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter, Catleen Desormeau, a Wii gaming system.

“I think she’ll be pretty excited,” he said.

Dhraief said he normally waits until the last minute, but actually started shopping last month thanks to some vacation time. He still found himself buying gifts at the mall Thursday.

“I just have to control myself so I don’t buy too many gifts for me,” he laughed.

 
 
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