If you have some downtime over the holidays and you want to show off mad programming skillz (or build them up!), check out the Windows 8 App Challenge. The App challenge gives you all the tools you need to get started building a Windows 8 App. The Generation App challenge leads anyone who wants to build even their first app though 30 day course. Step by step guidance starting with downloading the tools, to sample code and technical resources, even 1-1 time with design and technical consultant, all the way to publishing your app. It really can’t get much simpler than that. And you can even get $100 just for doing it.
I am signing up right now. You can follow my twitter feed @FeelGoodPros for status updates.
-Cheers and Happy Holidays!