It's almost Christmas Day. Shoppers at the Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas said they're cherishing their families a lot more this year in light of the country's tragedies.
"We are just having the time of our lives," said Violet Hajabi who is visiting from New York. "Every single moment is precious for us."
This Christmas holds more meaning for Hajabi. Her mother's recent health scares and dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy have her cherishing her family more and spending more in Vegas.
"We decided that everything that's happening in the world," said Hajabi. "We want to just go out, have fun and just spend. Treat yourself and treat your family to nice things."
"Business has been great," said S.Y.L.K. Manager Fefe Cherry. "We've been having a lot of last-minute shoppers. A lot of people who have been out of town are either doing their last-minute shopping for Christmas or last-minute shopping to travel somewhere else."
But Cherry also thinks the overall shopping mood is more subdued this year. She points to concerns about the economy and also what's happened in Connecticut.
"Over the past year with the different shootings, people are taking more value in spending time with their family, their spouses and friends versus buying gifts here and there" said Cherry.
Trisha Bell who is visiting from Maryland agrees. She said she appreciates life and what she has this holiday more than before.
"After all the tragedies that have happened, I believe a lot of people are focusing on family more," said Bell. "I see a lot of the children and families here. I do think the focus is on family this year."
According to a Miracle Mile Shops spokesperson, early signs suggest foot traffic is up from the same time last year. Stores are open later since the days leading up to Christmas are typically the center's busiest days of the month.
The Miracle Mile Shops will be open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
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