Last-minute Christmas shoppers brave the crowds

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the mall, not a shopper was resting; they’ve got less than a day after all.

“I do better under pressure,” said Yanick Abouo, who was braving the crowds at the South Towne Center on Christmas Eve.

The gifts were carried by most with great care, in realization that St. Nick would soon have to be there.

“I think we’re all procrastinators at heart,” said South Towne  marketing manager, Alicia Rutledge. “But you know, we have a deadline, so everyone is like, ‘We’ve got to make it.’”

Some shared looks of complete holiday dread, while visions of family photos danced in their head.

“It’s a tradition,” said Brenda Evans, who has coordinated her family’s outfits for the last decade of Christmas pictures.

“It’s a mistake in letting the wife shop this year alone,” said Barry Evans.

And elsewhere, up to the store, many shoppers flew, with carts full of food, and some presents too.

“All goodies, and treats, too, for everyone. It’s the time of the year we should all treat each other, right?” said Carolann McKay, who left Harmons in Taylorsville with bags full of food.

With crowds trekking in all night from the snow, you might think the holiday spirit would be low.

“I like the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve. So, it’s fun,” said shopper, Kellene Thompson.

But you could hear them exclaim before they drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.”