let's talk: preparing for winter

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Today is November 1st!  I'm starting to get that enthusiasm that only comes this time of year.  Searching for missing gloves and boots, daydreaming about baked goods that are only permitted after Thanksgiving, and turning my thoughts to planning and preparing for the most special time of year.

I've had these thoughts on my mind:

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I'd love to hear:

How do you prepare for winter? For the holidays?  What do you plan ahead?