Oklahomans may have been dreaming of a white Christmas, but the timing of Thursday’s winter storm was less than ideal for retailers. As snow and ice blanketed the state, dedicated shoppers still made the trek to malls and stores on Christmas Eve. "They came because no matter what the weather is, Christmas is still tomorrow,” said Audrie Thompson, manager of Penn Square Mall. At Norman’s Sooner Mall, there was a line before noon to visit Santa Claus and shoppers in nearly every store, although traffic had dipped slightly compared to a typical Christmas Eve, said Lynn Palmerton, the mall’s manager. "It’s surprisingly busy considering the weather,” she said. "Maybe it (the snow) is putting people in the Christmas spirit.” However, by mid-afternoon, the mall closed in response to worsening weather conditions. The day before, Penn Square Mall was packed with shoppers, many likely trying to get ahead of the storm. Steffani Hobbs, of Yukon, pushed a stroller loaded with bags while her almost 2-year-old daughter, Samantha, walked alongside pushing a miniature shopping cart. Hobbs, a stay-at-home mom, said she was out buying items on her mother’s shopping list because her mother didn’t want to venture out. "I’ve been done for weeks,” she said. "Mine were wrapped and under the tree by Thanksgiving.” But Bill Pevarnik of Oklahoma City was a procrastinator, just starting his gift-buying Wednesday. All metro-area malls were reporting good crowds Thursday. "People that have to do last-minute shopping were going to do it regardless of the weather,” said Jim Swenson, manager of Crossroads Mall. While Christmas Eve is an important day for retailers, so is the day after Christmas, when many people venture out to make returns.