A street performer who poses for pictures in exchange for tips dressed like the Grinch beckons customers in front of a billboard announcing last-minute gifts at a store in New York's Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. As the clock counts down to Christmas Day, retailers have begun a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for last-minute gifts and hoping for final-weekend deals. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)