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'It's a tradition' | Shoppers line up across the DMV as Black Friday commences

Some stores are expanding their hours for weekend-long sales. To some customers, partaking in Friday's retail sales are a way to keep family traditions alive.

OXON HILL, Md. — As soon as the Thanksgiving meal is cleared, some families stick to tradition and head out the door for Black Friday shopping.

"We're not cutthroat and we're not looking for anything certain, so for us it's just a fun time," Alahnna Widhelm said.

She and her sister have been getting in on the post-Thanksgiving deals for a decade.

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Like she and many other families waiting in line for the doors to open, this is a tradition.

"The best Black Friday deal was when the kids were little, the scooters when they were like $50, so that's kind of be like 15 years ago," Kim Hollman said. She and her family have been lining up for the once-a-year sales for 29 years.

Only one hour after the doors opened at the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor, the parking lot was full and people were waiting for a place to park.

The Leesburg and Clarksburg Premium Outlets were also busy, with both parking lots 100 percent full as of 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to Northeastern University in Boston, most people plan to get in on the shopping on Friday. 

The university crunched the numbers and found 116.4 million people shopped on Black Friday last year compared to the 35 million who shopped on Thanksgiving Day and the 75.8 million who shopped on Cyber Monday.

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Shoppers were lined up waiting for the doors to open Thanksgiving night.

For shoppers like Widhelm and her sister, they said they don’t plan on making the switch to solely shopping online.

"I don't think that'll change, we're moving to an Amazon environment, and Amazon is great for a lot of things, but I like the brick and mortar shops as well," Widhelm said.

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For shoppers who plan on getting in on the deals during the weekend, many stores will have extended hours.

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