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I would like to know what winter hats are all about.

Do they add any reputation or badges later?

I'm excited about these winter hats.

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Read the FAQ – shea Dec 19 '12 at 4:53
    
Also check out Welcome to Winter Bash 2012! on the company blog. :) – Aarthi Dec 19 '12 at 15:08
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Why the down-votes? I've seen too much discussion on winter hats, and the answer below is the first explanation i've seen. BTW, i think they're a stupid idea! – Martin F Dec 24 '13 at 20:17
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From Winter Bash FAQ

What happens after January 4th?

After January 4th, the sites go back to normal and all hats disappear. This is meant to be a fun end-of-year celebration, not a permanent addition to the site.

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It is worth noting: meta.stackexchange.com/q/159171/169404 – Austin Henley Dec 19 '12 at 4:22

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