I finally got around to icing the Christmas cakes, but I think the mince pies will have to be a new year's event instead. Well, and why not? Following the tradition of recent years, I baked a large square cake from Nigella's recipe in How to Be a Domestic Goddess, cut it in half and iced each part separately. This has the dual advantages of providing more icing and making the cake keep better. Not that it ever seems to keep that long.
Long thin cakes lend themselves to long thin decorations, do they not?
Or else to digging out that old standby, the Christmas cookie cutters. Every year I think I might do something really fancy, and then I run out of time and think, well, the important thing is that it tastes good!