couple of thoughts....
1. there are 5 Thursdays this year, need to go a full 8 days past Thanksgiving to get to the 1st of December. 2008, December 1st is Monday after Thanksgiving.
2. trees can be cut any time after a killing frost/freeze. (keep spruce bundled and buried on the bottom of the pile. suppose that depends some what on what zone your in.)
the furnace is the bugger in the house