YAKIMA, Wash. - Twas' the night before Christmas and the mall was still packed.
"Last minute paychecks coming in," said Sean Monahan. "Families trying to hurry up and get Christmas shopping. Kids want their gifts."
"I've been seeing a lot that they're having Black Friday sales come back on last minute shopping, so that definitely affects my budget and why I'm doing last minute spending," said Daisy Cardenas.
Shoppers said getting those last minute deals is extremely important, especially since the economic future is up in the air with the looming fiscal cliff.
"It's a lot of things I wanted to get, but you know just worried about how the outcome is going to be at the first of the year," said Dale Armstrong. "You're just going to have to cut back on your money and just wait and see what's going to happen."
Shoppers said they believe recent tragic events, like the Connecticut elementary school shooting also has people shopping late.
"You hear stories about people buying other people's drinks or food, and I think maybe that's why there's a lot of last minute shopping," Cardenas said. "People just want to give a little extra gift to everyone to show how much they really care about each other during this time."
But even though times may be tight financially and some people are still saddened by recent events, shoppers said it's still Christmas, and they'll make the most of it.
"Still got to take care of the wife and the grand kids," Armstrong said.