Sure, everyone tries to cross off all the items on their Christmas to-do list, but invariably there's going to be some last minute gift you still haven't gotten, or some holiday specialty you somehow forgot.
That's where a trip to the mall comes in, one that can fill you with dread thinking of the crowds who all have similar chores on their minds.
For the procrastinator in you, Woodbridge Center will be open today through Sunday, Dec. 23, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. They will be open on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 - if you really like to cut it close - from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The mall's main number is (732) 636-4600.
Down the road on Route 1, Menlo Park Mall will be open the same days and hours as Woodbridge Center in the countdown to Christmas. The main number for Menlo Park Mall is (732) 549-1900.
Just remember: individual stores (particularly anchor stores) may have different hours than the main mall. Call to make sure before you set out on your trip.