I am also a year round shopper and always start right after Christmas. I have made a HUGE dent in my Christmas list....I'm guessing about 70% done. Right now I'm working on making our neighbor gifts, as well as a few homemade gifts.
I have also started jotting down notes for our Christmas letter, although I won't put it together until Nov. I try to have my cards addressed and ready to go by Thanksgiving.....and then mailed Dec. 1. My goal is always to be done with everything by Dec. 1 so I can just sit back and enjoy the month of Dec. It goes by way too fast as it is.