The few days after Christmas are my favorite time of the year to go shopping. I feel like the ghost of Christmas is shopping with me as I walk through the mall with the Christmas tree standing strong sans the accompanying holiday music, absence of crowds from patrons already going back to work, and mind-blowing price reductions that you thought would end on the 24th. My mom and I decide to make it an annual affair by going to shopping centers two days after Christmas and moving from store-to-store until we can no longer feel our feet. Previous years have involved traveling to our area’s premium outlets, however, we opted to stay local and go to the infamous South Coast Plaza. The center wasn’t overly crowded, with the exception of Zara where I waited in line to purchase a sweater for close to an hour. The sales that were offered by the stores were largely underwhelming. I was able to pick up a few things, but didn’t do nearly as much damage as I have in the past. I visited stores like Massimo Dutti, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom, but ultimately found a better selection available online.