I just spent an hour or two perusing the largely dodgy websites of the various major airlines, trying to do an exhaustive check of flight prices for both Thanksgivingish and Christmasish. It pretty much just confirmed my earlier suspicions – the cheapest I could find, on any route with any airline with any ridiculous number of stops, was ~$3k for the Christmas/NY time period. In contrast, I found flights for only a whisker over $1k for the Thanksgiving week timeframe.
So, given this is only 7 weeks or so away, I’m going to get onto it this week, and try to make concrete plans. That includes whether or not I’ll look for more time off for a longer stay. I shall, as always, keep the world at large posted.