I have enjoyed preparing for the 2011 Holiday Season, one of the highlights was attending a bake-off. We got together days before and selected the recipes we wanted to try out or our family's 'tried and true' recipes. We compiled our shopping lists, gathered our supplies, and convened very early in the morning.
It was fun getting together with my friends, we laughed, spilled, made a few mistakes, and we all had the chance to get a break from the holiday hustle & bustle. All of our fellow employees really enjoyed the goodies and it helped to chase away the Monday blahs.
I strongly suggest getting a group of friends together, each person bring a recipe, enough ingredients to make several batches, and split all baked goods between all attendees. It will be a blast and at the end of the day you've done all your holiday baking.