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STRONGSVILLE -- The first real snow of the winter season didn't keep shoppers like Miria Lee from venturing out to SouthPark Mall.

"The roads are really bad but if you had to get something from the mall, people are here... roads don't stop anyone," said Lee.

It is, of course, the weekend before Christmas. There were plenty of deals and plenty more shoppers looking to cross people off their lists.

"I got everybody crossed off my list today and yesterday... feels good" said shopper Rob Gannon.

Families celebrated too.The longest line in the mall was made up of the little ones waiting to take a seat on Santa's lap.

The long drive to get there was all part of the experience, as were the crowds, the decorations, and those last-minute shoppers.

"A lot of traffic for the last weekend for shoppers so that's expected," said Jennifer Parsas, who hoped to finish shopping for a couple people.

The hustle and bustle was expected but it wasn't necessarily appreciated.

"I'm never doing this again," said another shopper, who planned to wait things out before heading home.

The very last words come from Santa, who spent his break sharing one message to families.

That message? Simply to "believe."

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