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All I want for Christmas is less stress

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tis the season for the Christmas rush.

"It's hurried. Stressed. Definitely," says Gina Madison.

"Like normal, I'm waiting to the last minute. And so, plenty of stress! Just scurrying around trying to find the best deal and trying to make sure that I hit everything," Cynthia Holland-Tucker says.

With just a few shopping days left before Christmas, many are starting to feel the pressure.

"Oh yeah. Definitely. A little more road rage. More cart rage," Madison says. "I think people just get tired of waiting in line and get grumpy."

"Totally freaked. Yeah. Totally freaked. The calm exterior? No! It's a total façade," says Eric Meyer, who says he dreads shopping.

"Usually I come with a plan, but this year I don't even know if my plan is in place," he says.

And he's not alone. A recent survey says 78 percent of men who were asked say holiday shopping is more stressful than a trip to the DMV.

Among women, it was 46 percent.

It's more acute for those who haven't even started yet.

"I haven't started a lick of it. Not looking forward to braving the malls this weekend, but I gotta do it." Scott Newcomb says.

For many, it's not only braving crowded malls and stores, but braving the roads too. Heavier than normal traffic and all of the ongoing construction detours can make it tough to get around, especially around the busy shopping areas.

"You know you're going to go out there and stand in line, so just be prepared to do that and not get upset because you're waiting in line or stuck in traffic. You know this comes with the territory," Madison says.

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