Unseasonably warm temps ease last-minute shopping, holiday giving

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CHICAGO – Unseasonably warm temperatures has made getting in and out of shopping malls as well as stores on the Mag Mile easier for last-minute Christmas shoppers. And its only going to get better tomorrow.

This year's weather certainly gives everyone a chance to stop and think about what this season is all about. The usual hustle and bustle of the holiday season usually leads to sour faces on shoppers, but not this year.

With temperatures in the 50s, sidewalks this season are filled with smiling faces; shorts, it seems, aren't just for the gym, and it allows you time to stop and get a real good feel for the season of giving. Over and over again.

Christopher Houston has been ringing a bell for the Salvation Army for the past three years. This year he is getting a much warmer reception. He says he'll get double the donations today than on a cold day.

But even if you pass by Christopher without donating any cash, remember smiles don't cost a dime – but with this kind of weather, they aren't hard to find.

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