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Church holding festive sale on Dec. 14
Lu Leeds, left, and Linda Forbes decorate Christmas cookies for Christ the King Lutheran Church's upcoming fundraiser. - photo by Jennifer Sami

At a glance

The Annual Christmas Cookie Sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in the fellowship hall at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road in Cumming.

From teddy bears taking a sleigh ride to reindeer pretzels, the desserts at the annual Christmas Cookie Sale promise variety.

The 10th Annual Christ the King Lutheran Church fundraiser Dec. 14 also promises quantity as well as quantity.

“Last year, we made 300 dozen cookies and it still wasn’t enough,” said Linda Forbes, half of a husband and wife baking duo who will prepare some 30 dozen cookies for the cause.

June Wolsin, the committee chair heading up the cookie sale, said proceeds help fund missions, charity work and relief efforts offered by the church.

Many of the 260 families in the church’s congregation participate, baking dozens of their family’s favorite holiday cookie recipes. And, Wolsin noted, the cookies get more creative each year.

Then on the day of the sale, guests take a small bakery box and fill it — buffet style — with their favorites.

“They make great teacher gifts and great gifts for mailmen,” said Lu Leeds, another member baking for the cause. “It’s a cheap $5 gift, but yet it’s personal. And we have a table where you can decorate the boxes with bows.”

Forbes said she and husband Pat share the baking duties. While they may have the time for cookies, she understands that not everyone does.

“Around Christmas time, our lives get so, so busy,” she said. “But everyone loves homemade Christmas cookies and this is another way that you can come and have that homemade Christmas cookie to share with your family, even if you don’t have the time to make it yourself.”

Leeds said the event’s variety is appealing even to folks who do have time to bake.

“When you bake a thing of cookies and you get three or four dozen, but only one kind,” she said. “This way, you get a variety and you can have a whole pretty plate of cookies for your guests and you don’t have to make 10 different batches. That’s what I like about it.”

And the cookies aren’t store bought. Wolsin said they are typically either crafty creations or old family recipes, including some from Germany, Norway and Sweden. That’s just another reason her children mark their calendars each year for the sale.

For Leeds, the baking is just as fun as the buying.

“It builds fellowship and we just have fun doing it,” she said. “You make good friends, especially when some of the newer members of the church do it too.”