The Christmas shopping season got an early start Thursday as area residents broke away from their Thanksgiving meals to get that special bargain.

The Christmas shopping season got an early start Thursday as area residents broke away from their Thanksgiving meals to get that special bargain.

Super Kmart and Wal-Mart were busy Thursday evening as carts wheeled out the doors with toys, televisions and dozens of other Christmas presents.

“I waited 45 minutes to get a wrist band to buy a TV, said Melissa Baldwin of Orwell. She said her son Luke spent two hours waiting in line for a video game.

Lynne Millard, of Pierpont Township, said she was happy with the items she picked up and also started a family tradition.

“I brought my 15-year-old daughter (Sydney) and initiated her,” she said of the Christmas shopping experience.

Millard said the two split up so they could get all the items they wanted to purchase.

Jeff Spring, of North Kingsville, said he decided to do some Christmas shopping Thursday night, but didn’t come earlier when the television deals were in full swing.

“We weren’t going to give up our family time,” he said.

Spring said the shopping was kind of crazy, but the check-out system worked well at Wal-Mart.

One woman driving through the parking lot couldn’t find a place to park and expressed her frustration to a friend on the phone. “I can’t find a place to park and all I want to do is eat at Subway,” she said.

Mike Trinko, of Conneaut, said he didn’t buy anything. “Lines, lines, everywhere lines,” he said while leaving Wal-Mart.

Mike Liszewski gave up on finding a place to park at Wal-Mart and headed of to Super Kmart.

Lisa Dibell said she was heading to the Super Kmart for “the deals.”

“Looking for the deals ... I picked up a few Christmas presents,” said Alice Harden while leaving the Super Kmart.

Kim Hommes said she was happy about her shopping trip and won’t be returning today. “We got it out of the way,” she said.