Like a true renegade, I just decided to do Nanowrimo, only on my own terms. Every year I fall afoul of Thanksgiving, and then I fall behind, and don't finish before Nano ends. It's so frustrating that I was going to opt out this year. But then in a stroke of genius I realized I could keep with the spirit of Nanowrimo, by writing 50,000 words in 30 days, only it would be my choice of 30 days, not theirs. So I'm going to start on Oct. 10 or 11, and go to Nov. 10 or 11, 2013. So it will still be 30 days, and after Nov. 1, I can still track my progress on Nanowrimo's graphs. I'm sure other people have thought of this. It will be obeying the spirit of the quest if not the letter of the law. And it will be a lot more fun this way.
It will also create less stress in my home during the holidays. I won't lose days worth of writing time because of traveling to see family for the holidays.