We'll revisit this idea again in January. I believe it takes a whole year to shop, so I like to keep a running list in my phone and in my actual Christmas Journal.
It starts with budgeting. You likely know how much you have to spend well in advance, and possibly even a full year ahead. Budgeting and spending early also keeps you from picking at your holiday savings throughout the year. Why not start shopping early?
I use Amazon lists all year long, and have calendar notes to start asking for Wish Lists well in advance of Black Friday. Shopping consumes (and annoys us) for most of the holiday season. Crowded malls and parking lots are enough to make anyone insane. Getting a jump on shopping is likely the #1 item task you can complete now to reclaim your merry and bright.
Yes, there are random Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there that you might want to hold out for, but what's worth more to you? Saving $5 or doing what you want for the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas?