December has arrived and Chicago has yet to see any real snow. I'm not complaining. Regardless of our lack of snow, however, winter is here and it's time to prepare yourself for the cold. I suggest stocking up on hot chocolate, ingredients for chili, hand warmers and a bunch of new music - perfect to block out all the excruciatingly annoying Christmas music played on repeat well beyond December 25. Damn you, "Jingle Bells"!