It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) was in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2016 NOV 29 at 12:18 UT (06:18 CST).
Early sighting of a New Moon can be difficult for observers north of the tropics during the months surrounding the time of the Autumnal Equinox due to the sharp angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset. The waxing crescent Moon riding north of the ecliptic may be helpful, while slow movement near apogee could counteract that. The Moon after sunset on November 29 was about a half-day old. Sighting it that evening may have been almost impossible except perhaps for some sharp eyed observers in the southwestern USA. More observers should have had success on November 30. See my New Moon preview graphics above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2016. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.