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The calendar page has turned and the holiday season is officially upon us. It’s a time for family, a time for traditions, a time for familiar music ... and it’s a time to take a big bite of all our favorite goodies, espcially those yummy Christmas cookies.

All up and down the valley, the area’s best bakers are mixing up their confections, and in the next week or so, you’ll have several chances to get your hands on what they’ve been making.

• The sixth annual Christmas cookie sale, sponsored by Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. These homemade cookies must be pre-ordered either in one-pound packages ($8) or three-pound packages ($22). Pre-orders may be placed by calling 570-876-2806 or 570-876-3565 or by dropping the order forms into the cookie box in the church vestibule.

All orders must be placed by Sunday, Dec. 8, and may be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Parish Center on Madison Avenue in Jermyn, 10 a.m. to noon.

• St. Basil’s Church, 9 Lords Ave., Simpson, is holding a homemade cookie sale and, again, it’s by advance order only. Cookies are $9 per pound. Call 570-282-7664 or 570-488-5118 to place an order. Pickup times are Friday, Dec. 13, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 to noon.

• Clifford United Methodist Church, Main Street in Clifford, will hold its fourth annual Clifford community youth group cookie walk Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. until the cookies are gone. Prices are $10 for large container; $5 for small container.

But Christmas consumption isn’t just about cookies.

• The Scott Township Hose Co., Station 36, will host a breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, co-sponsored by the Justus Fire Co., Boy Scout Troop 265 and the Lakeland basketball cheerleaders. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, home fries, bacon and sausage. Tickets are $8; $4 for kids. Santa will drop by with goodie bag for the kids. Professional photos with Santa will also be available.

Following the breakfast there will be the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Joe Terry Center in Scott Township.

• Olyphant Hose Co. No. 2 and Olyphant Ambulance will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m. to noon at the Olyphant Ambulance Building, 530 East Park St. in Olyphant. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from any member or at the door. Professional photos with Santa will also be available. Call 570-489-3473 for more information.

Another holiday tradition is pierogies, and the parishioners of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral will hold a homemade pierogie sale Friday, Dec. 13, noon to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Center, 703 Hill St., Mayfield. The pierogies (deep fried or uncooked) will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, except for orders of 10 dozen or more. To place orders for larger amounts, call 876-0730.

• Soup is always bracing in cold weather, and Christ Episcopal Church, Dundaff and Delaware streets in Forest City, will hold its annual soup supper Friday, Dec. 6. Take outs will be available for $4 per pint from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Or from 5-7 p.m. you can attend the all-you-can-eat soup buffet for $10 per person, which includes bread, beverage and dessert. To reserve your takeout choice of soup, call 785-3425. Soup choices include: chicken noodle, southwest turkey chili, mushroom and Manhattan clam chowder.

•If you just want to contribute to a good cause at this time of year, and get something tasty in the bargain, the Green Grove Grange in Scott Township is conducting a hoagie sale and will accept orders until Tuesday, Dec. 10. The cost is $5 each. Hoagies can be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 18. See any member or call 570-563-1873 to place an order.