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Northpark Mall sees heavy flow of last minute Christmas Eve shoppers

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Northpark Mall in Joplin opened at 7 a.m. this morning for last minute Christmas Eve shoppers.

Store employees say they saw a heavy flow of customers for most of the day.

Walking through the halls, nearly everyone was on a Christmas mission.

"It's kind of at the last minute, but we're looking for a present for grandma," said Tatum Brown, 8th grader.

"It's been nothing but people all day," said Cole Landis, manager of Lids.

"Sometimes it gets a little fretful if you can't find exactly what you were planning on looking for," said Joan Keith, Anderson resident. "That's when it really gets frantic."

Keith and her husband, Rolland, are used to the drill.

For them, Christmas Eve shopping is a tradition.

"We have done this forever, it seems," Keith said.

Others do the same, as a family tradition.

"We're having fun," said Deann Bull, Joplin resident. "It's been fun to shop when all the family gets here and comes out to the mall together."

While some say the last minute hustle adds to the Christmas spirit, others say it is not worth the chaos.

"Don't wait until the last minute," said Carol Nicholson, Seneca resident. "Get it done weeks in advance, especially the people that are taking pictures with Santa. The line is a mile long. Why wait until the last second?"

Some say men procrastinate the most.

"Ladies, most of the time, have already got their shopping done," said Carol Harris, employee at Macy's. "It's the men that do most of the shopping on Christmas Eve."

There are some good deals available to those who wait.

"I asked if I could have a discount and they gave me one," said Sandra Cantwell, Neosho resident.

A discount, just due to the Christmas spirit spread throughout the mall.

"Merry Christmas everyone," said Ashland Martin, 7th grader. "Hope they get home safely."

"Enjoy the shopping, which is almost gone," Keith said.

Northpark Mall will be closed all day tomorrow.
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