Despite Jens vacation the rest of the Minecraft team has been hard at work fixing bugs and preparing Minecraft 1.2.4. Today via his twitter as well as on the official webpage the release of 1.2.4 was announced.
The patch is primarily a big fix patch but, Jens added a few new goodies as promised. In addition th bug fixes this patch includes:
Much better chat editing and controls (you can even mark text!)
Some new decoration blocks