Found my post: Xmas Lotto Prep
Number 2 is heavily subjective based on ones roster and current/future priorities, but I feel the rest quite strongly. Counterfeit is hilariously easy bc of its 50% charge lottery CE even on a budget (cf. Spartacus to clear W3 of the lottery node), and while my gems will be at a shortage until future lotteries, they are all remarkably easier to no life given QoL improvements we get and can plan around b/w now and Sep. Why bother going hard on such a frustrating, obnoxious event to min-turn, when I can be patient for others? Heck, I even have Parvati right now. If I roll Skadi Christmas is a fire gone conclusion of a silly easy farm.
E: Also my suspicion about Thanksgiving was correct lol.