We have done the weekend before Thanksgiving and made it work. What we did was take off the Wed, Thurs and Fri of the week before Thanksgiving. The kids only had 1/2 day of school on Fri so they only missed 2.5 days to do it and then we went Wed-Tues. Flying on the Tues before Thanksgiving was pretty easy travel wise and we were able to get the cheaper fares that way. We also had fairly slow days on Wed afternoon, Thurs and Fri and then things started picking up on Sat , Sun and Mon but the BIG crowds didnt' show up until the Wed before Thanksgiving. Food for thought. Hope it works out.