Hmmm...this might sound really odd, but I don't really mind the crowds that much. I enjoy going shopping the day after Thanksgiving (traditionally the first day of the shopping season). In fact on the day after Thanksgiving, I wake up somewhat early to make sure I get there by the time the stores open.
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I am going downtown (SF) to finish my Christmas shopping. Yeah, so I guess I don't really mind large crowds at all.