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The holiday season is busy enough, what with the shopping, decorating, baking, eating and drinking an eggnog, or two, or three.

The holiday season is busy enough, what with the shopping, decorating, baking, eating and drinking an eggnog, or two, or three.

But this year there's been a new wrinkle further complicating the to-do list for many homeowners. The unusually warm fall means the last of the leaves are clinging to their trees.

Last week's snow complicated matters.

It left many homeowners with a rake in one hand and a shovel in the other. This is not just a problem for homeowners. It's a challenge for towns that have seen their leaf-collection schedules knocked out of whack. Not to mention snow plows that had to contend with soggy leaf piles.

Have no fear: High winds, colder weather and - yes - more snow should help drop the remaining leaves. But for now, perhaps it's best to keep both the rake and shovel available until further notice.

Or better yet: put off the fall and winter cleanup until the spring. That will leave more time for shopping and decorating. Not to mention, eating and making merry.

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