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

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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.

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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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