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DENISON, TX -- The day after Christmas is a big travel day across Texoma as families and relatives cross state lines for lateCchristmas get togethers and other festivities.

Thousands of motorists were back on the interstates and highways Thursday as the holiday travel season is still in full swing.

The holiday travel season rolls along.

Some travelers are going to see family.

"We're going to Austin, [Texas] we're going to visit family and then we will stop in Ft. Worth on the  December 30th for the armed services bowl," said Barbara Carraway, a traveler from Illinois.

"Laredo, Texas to see my sister," said Jennifer Permaul. "Going down to see her for a couple days."

Some to have a little fun after the Christmas rush.

"We're headed to the casinos," said Joyce Hill, driving from Dallas to Oklahoma.

Motorists say travel was light at first, but picked up as the day went on.

"We traveled a lot on Christmas Day," said Ollie Nanyes, a motorist from Illinois. "There was hardly any traffic at all and then this morning, just some commuting traffic but in rural Oklahoma."

"It  hasn't been too bad," said Permaul.

"It's a little crowded but it thinned out," said Hill. "You can tell the stores were still packed then we've seen a lot of car with packages in them, so they were heading to more family [get togethers]."

Most of the holiday travelers said that the traffic going into Texas was worse than the traffic going out.

Some holiday travelers pulled off the highway at the Texas Travel Information Center in Denison to take a break.

And roll away some of those weary holiday miles.

But despite some long travel days, those traveling say it beats driving in ice and snow.

"Yeah not like Chicago with what they're dealing with right now," said Paul Hill. "They're in trouble. We were in trouble a couple weeks back, but we're in pretty good shape now."

According to AAA's holiday travel forecast, the year-end holiday period is from December 21 to January 1.

AAA predicted this year,  94.5 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during that time.