Twas the day before Christmas and all through the mall, last minute shoppers come one, come all.
“It’s kinda nice, relaxing and it puts us in a little better mood too knowing that it’s Christmas Eve,” said Leroy Ganska, an Erie resident.
But with the clock ticking, the race is on to check as many names off the list as possible.
“We knew it would be empty in the morning so we just wanted to look around, get some stuff, get last-minute Christmas gifts,” said Nellie Veber, a Toronto resident.
“My daughter’s in this building somewhere. She’s helping me out but it’s been tradition for the last 20 years. We wait until Christmas Eve morning. I pick her up and then we go do our shopping,” said Ganska.
A holiday tradition for one man — a seasonal chore for another.
“Last moment things to pick up and my wife likes shopping,” said Rodney Gerren, a Conneaut, Ohio resident.
Not everyone at the mall waited until the last minute. For some, the trip is just about getting in the holiday spirit.
Carol Delaney and her mother Ruth Morgan are hitting the mall one step ahead of the game.
“We’re shopping for ourselves today. We’re done Christmas shopping so we’re taking advantage of the last-minute sales,” said Delaney, a Melbourne, Florida resident.
But these shoppers know the extra day of preparation is about more than just the price tag.
After all, it’s not the gifts that make the difference. It’s the people by your side during the celebration