Yes practice now, then you'll be A1 by Christmas. And I find you can overdo it at Christmas and then have stacks of stuff that you don't want to eat after.
I made some cupcakes today. I've made loads of fairy cakes (with glace icing) but I don't like butter. But I got a lovely Kenwood mixer before Christmas and now I let it whisk away at the butter (soft and unsalted) to make it really light,.It doesn't taste buttery just fluffy.
When you perfect the truffles, do some for Easter .
I should point out I'm not actually keeping the products til then - I'm merely practising.
I am really rubbish at baking and that sort of thing especially when trying something new. Due to health and time constraints I yet again did absolutely none of the little sweet treats I'd been hoping to make.
So I have borrowed a book for children about Xmas cooking and have got a few things to try. Really simple stuff like peppermint creams and truffles etc. I've been halving the recipes to just make a tiny batch to taste.
I figured by trying them out now I'll be able to do them more confidently by Xmas... that's the plan anyway!