After Christmas Sales Contest – A Homeshuling Tradition

My family was a little confused when I brought these home from the supermarket today.

Why would I buy miniature Christmas trees at all, much less on the day after Christmas? Because they were on sale, of course!  These four trees were on clearance at the supermarket and I am sure that once I strip them of their decorations, they will make for a great, as of yet undetermined, project for Tu Bishvat, the Jewish new year of the trees, which is only a few weeks away.
Last year, I held a contest on the blog for the most creative way to use discounted Christmas merchandise and I’ve decided to make it an annual tradition. Here’s a link to last year’s entries, and here’s the winning entry from 2009.


So, give me your best ideas by posting them as comments below. And since Christmas fell on Shabbat this year, the most creative entry (decided by me) will receive a copy of The Seventh Day by Deborah Bodin Cohen. It’s a lovely shabbat book published by Kar-Ben that frames shabbat as a work of art unfolding in the hands of the Creator. Entries are due by the end of the day on January 2.
Good luck!
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posted December 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

All that red and green stuff (like Hershey’s kisses) gets color-sorted, and then you’re set for both Valentines Day and St Patrick’s Day. And lots of just red, or red and pink, stuff is also on post-Christmas sale and needn’t even wait for Valentines Day – we’ve gotten tons of nice not at all holidayish wrapping papers and the like that way.

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Morah Mary

posted December 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

How funny! I bought my miniature Christmas tree the day before Christmas when they went on half-price sale. Our class room absolutely needs something green and growing that 2’s and 3’s can’t kill… and that can survive an unheated space 4 days a week, with plenty of sunlight flowing through the bay windows.
Great minds, Amy…. great minds! (I wondered if I should say a “shechehiyanu” as I made my first purchase of a Christmas tree????)

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Jennifer in MamaLand

posted December 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Great idea, ripped off from a lady in the dollar store: a whole bunch of matching “treasure”-themed cardboard boxes (no xmasy colours etc) she was obviously buying on sale and squirreling away for Purim packages.
My own purchase was also for Purim: this year, they have New Year’s “clapper” noisemakers on necklaces. They come in four bright, metallic colours, $1 each, and are the perfect thing for wearing to any megillah reading!
Some of this great stuff won’t be around after New Year’s, so everyone should go check out dollar stores now with an eye to Purim packages and costumes!!!
(plus thrift stores like Value Village – one year, I scored 30 high-quality ice cream scoops in January for “summer”-themed mishloach manot packages)

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Anita Silvert Jewish Gems

posted December 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

We always picked up Christmas lights on sale for our Sukkah – they look fantastic. But in reading your post, I got a little flipped when I read that Tu B’shvat is a few weeks away….how’d that happen?!

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posted December 27, 2010 at 12:14 am

Well…..remember how long ago Chanukah was?

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Frume Sarah

posted December 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

I am so bad at this kind of thing. Creativity, I mean. But let me plug that book. It is an awesome book. I’ve used it at Shabbat services to the delight of kids and their grownups.

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Mara ~ Kosher on a Budget

posted December 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Love this post! It is SO right up my alley! Most of my post-Xmas shopping is for either Purim or Sukkot. Faux greenery could be useful for Shavuot or Tu B’Shvat?
I just put up a post on my blog of things to look out for in the after-XMas sales – not all Jewish holiday related, but def. Jewish “friendly”(linked to in my name – hope you don’t mind me sharing).

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Morah Mary

posted December 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

Also lucked out and got all kinds of snowflake, snowman, penguins and other winter-related stickers and materials to turn into preschool matching and counting games and flannel board stories and songs for the “Winter” unit I’ll be introducing when we return to school Jan. 4th. Post-holiday sales of ANY kind are a boon for a classroom teacher!

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posted January 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Picked up some pepper shaped lights, one strand all in red, the other red and yellow rasta-like. Down here in San Antonio I can use them for Fiesta in April or on a Sukkah in the fall.

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posted January 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

Not really Jewish-themed, but I saw a metal tree intended to be an
ornament display and really wanted to use it to hang wet mittens &
coats. But it wasn’t sufficiently discounted…yet!

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