Scenes from Black Friday shopping in Maryland [Pictures]
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The Conrad family( Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / November 23, 2012 )
Jenny Conrad and her daughters, who are hosting an exchange student from China, wanted to give the teenager the full American holiday experience.
So at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, the family, two of the daughters' friends and a second Chinese exchange student - all students at Saint Paul's School For Girls - piled into the Conrads' van and headed to Target to shop.
"They don't celebrate Christmas in China; it's all new to her," Jenny Conrad said, noting that the student, Poppy Shen, was amazed at the size of the family's Thanksgiving turkey.
Shen was curious about where the term "Black Friday" came from. "Is is because people have to go out in the dark to shop?" the 15-year-old asked.
While the girls joked around and found some bargains, Shen missed out on the typical Black Friday craziness. By early morning at Target, the long lines of the previous night were gone and shoppers strolled the aisles at a leisurely pace. That was fine with the group.
"We wanted to give them the experience of what happens - but not too crazy," said Quinn Conrad, 15, a sophomore.
"We're not the super adventurous ones," said Ada Hinton, also a Saint Paul's sophomore.
But still, the mall, and the possibility of slightly more hustle and bustle, awaited.
"There are things you don't need at the moment, but it's on sale," Quinn Conrad said.