The season of sledding and snowmen, winter can be lots of fun—if you prepare in advance. Here are some tips on getting ready for the cold:

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  • If your heat is turned off, remember: In a pinch you can cut open
    your fat spouse and sleep in his/her 98.6° abdominal cavity
  • Use phrases like "I love you" and "You are special to me" to create warm feelings in home
  • Check anti-freeze level if ice build-up becomes a problem in beverages
  • Be sure to caulk all drafty orifices
  • This winter, heat things up with "Red-Hot Friday Late-Nites" on Cinemax
  • Encase your car battery in a warm glow of positive reinforcement by
    visualizing it bathed in a nurturing, healing light
  • If absolutely necessary, it is considered acceptable to slay and eat
    your dogsled team
  • Heat comes from fire; make sure your house is made of materials that burn
  • Cover your home stereo system with weather-resistant tape—this will
    prevent Old Man Edgar Winter from gaining a foothold
  • Grow thick layer of fur on body
  • Cover tongue with special Gore-Tex sock before tasting icy metal poles
  • Enjoy a hot beverage from time to time
  • If flying above the Andes Mountains this winter season, bring along
    plenty of extra Paraguayan soccer players "just in case"
  • Plug up crevices of house with mixture of sheep dung and straw
  • Save fatty parts of whales and seals as fuel
  • Master the art of hibernation by developing an enzyme that breaks down urea and other potentially poisonous chemicals created by the body during dormancy