For me, winter starts on December 1st. Even though the calendar says winter doesn't start for a couple more weeks, I know everything about this weather has winter written all over it. As I write this, the southern part of the state is getting ready for it's first snow storm of the year. But I'm a step ahead of the weather with my latest 3 pincushions. One chubby snowman and 2 snowflake pincushions.