Do you feel that chill in the air? How about that cold wind in your face? Rejoice for today is the first Monday in December, and from now until December 16th Xbox LIVE Gold users can pick up Gears of War absolutely free.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced that users would be able to pick up the first in the Gears of War franchise for free. While only Xbox LIVE accounts equipped with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription can download the game for free, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we neglected to point out that the cost of one month of Xbox LIVE Gold is $9.99. That’s $10 below what it would cost users to buy the game itself from Xbox LIVE.

Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers have until December 16th to download the free title.