We're (my mom and I) planning a trip for December (our 3rd this year!) and we're trying to decide between the first and second week of the month. We would go either Dec. 1-9 or 8-16. I think our preference is 1st-9th, but we're concerned about leftover Thanksgiving crowds and when they might possibly be taping the Christmas parade (we would like to avoid this). During 8th-16th, we're a little concerned about crowds arriving for Christmas break, and my nephew's birthday is on the 16th (so we would like to be home if at all possible). Does anybody have any idea which week would be better in terms of crowds? Or have any other tips/suggestions that I haven't mentioned?