The sound of cash registers ringing in Manhattan was likened to the sound of jingle bells ringing by the New York Daily News.
The Daily News said that even on Christmas Day the city that never sleeps was wide-awake and ready for shopping in stores ranging from drugstores like Duane Reade to specialty boutiques like Emporio Armani.
The customers were welcomed by businesses that were hoping for a strong close to a holiday shopping season that was a bit lacking in luster.
Analysts have predicted that sales for this holiday will be up less than 5 percent nationally, although Friday and Saturday saw an estimated $16.2 billion in sales.
"These were big days but they came up short in terms of traffic and sales," Bill Martin of the research firm ShopperTrak RCT Corp, told the Daily News.
Most major department stores opened early Tuesday morning to promote after-Christmas sales.