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How to Tie Your Christmas Tree to Your Car

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It’s that special time of year again and you just scored big at the Christmas tree farm, now all that’s left is to get it home in one piece. That can be easier said than done, but with these tips and tricks you can safely tie your Christmas tree to your car without any added stress.

1. Measure: Before purchasing your Christmas tree, measure the height of the room where you plan to display the tree to ensure it will fit. Ideally, your tree should be at least six inches below the ceiling or lower depending on the size of your tree topper.

2. Use the Right Vehicle: It’s best to transport your new fir tree on top of a vehicle equipped with a roof rack, but if need be you can use the bed of a pickup truck, or an SUV, van, or minivan that can fit the tree inside with all the doors closed.

3. Protect Your Car and Tree: Most Christmas tree farms provide netting, but if you happen to go to one that doesn’t, shake the tree before wrapping it in an old blanket or tarp to free any loose needles. It’s also a good idea to lay down another blanket on the roof or bed of your truck to protect your car from scratches, and ensure the tree won’t shed as many needles on the way home.

4. Position the Tree: The tree should be placed so that the trunk is facing toward the front of the car. This helps prevent wind damage to the tree and guarantees your beautiful tree you just picked out won’t lose too many needles.

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5. Tying it in Place with Roof Racks: If you have a roof rack, secure the tree to your vehicle by first opening your car doors; if you try to tie the tree down through the windows, you won’t be able to open your car doors. Next, take a piece of rope and knot it to one side of the roof rack. Stretch the rope across the tree, stopping to wrap the line a couple times around the trunk, before tying off the rope to the roof rack on the other side. Wrapping the line around the trunk helps to prevent the tree from sliding under the line and becoming a danger on the road. All that’s left is to repeat this process at the middle and near the tip of the tree to fully secure it to your ride.

6.Tying it in Place Without Roof Racks: If you don’t have a car with a roof rack, you can still get your tree home safely. As with roof racks, remember to tie down the tree with the doors open, rather than going through the windows. Follow the same instructions as above but use a heavier gauge rope so as to not cut into your car door weather stripping and keep your tree in place.

Whether you get your holiday fir from a local lot or a nearby tree farm, these few foolproof tips can help you transport your Christmas tree without risking life, limb, or damage to your vehicle. For more information on all your Subaru can handle, or to find the right ride this holiday season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Turn Heads at This Year’s Trunk or Treat Events

Each year, it seems like trunk or treat events are even more popular than the year before! If you’ve missed the memo, a trunk or treat event is when a location–like a municipal complex, mall, or auto dealership–invites locals to park their cars, decorate their trunks, and have trick or treaters go from car to car collecting candy. It provides a safe, supervised alternative for kids in areas where trick or treating might not be the best option.

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If you plan on participating in a trunk or treat event, decorating is crucial! Just like some folks decorate their yards or homes to get in the Halloween spirit, it’s important to spruce up your trunk for the event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!

Keep It Classic

You’ve probably done some last-minute costumes in your day, in which case you know just how much house hold stuff can be used to make some spooky crafts. Old sheets or pillowcases become ghouls; pizza boxes or cardboard from the recycling pile turns into tombstones; just about anything orange can be converted into a jack-o-lantern with some creativity.

Classic trunk or treat decoration

Of course, a quick stop at your local seasonal halloween shop can turn a few dollars into some appropriate decorations, too. Don’t worry, there’s no shame in the store-bought route! Plus, those same items can be used to decorate your home when you get back.

Use Your Environment

Since you’re decorating your trunk or cargo area, don’t forget about the open trunk lid or hatch. You can hang items here, using thread or fishing line to suspend floating ghouls or hanging shower curtains or other backdrops to add to your area.

Don’t be afraid to leave the trunk, either. Extra items on the ground, like tombstones or hay bales, are easy to set up and add a new element of involvement as little ones make their way through.

Be Creative

Sometimes, “creative” really means “resourceful.” Don’t have anything spooky hanging around? Just like a costume, you can always leave the classics behind and embrace other hobbies or interests. Ever dressed up as an athlete or movie character at the last minute? You can do the same thing for trunk or treat! Hang a jersey or banner from the trunk and load up on sports gear and collectibles for a last-minute solution that looks great–even if it’s not likely to scare anyone!

Whatever route you take, participating in a trunk or treat is a great and safe way to get involved and have some fun in your community. For more information on local events, or on how to get your car ready for just about any event, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today.

Making Tailgate Food Ahead of Time for a Low-Stress Game Day

Whether you’re rushing to the field after work for the local high school’s game, starting the weekend with a Rutgers game on Saturday morning, or waking up with the sun on Sunday to root for the Giants or Jets, one thing is certain during football season: you’re not a true fan if you’re not in the parking lot for the tailgate!

Of course, getting everything ready for game day isn’t always easy when you’re juggling work, school, or other commitments. You’re definitely going to want your burgers to be fresh off the grill, but prepping other food beforehand can make things a lot easier. Here are a few of our favorites!

No-Mayo Potato Salad

This one’s got a lot going for it: it’ll keep in the fridge the day before, it won’t get gross during the tailgate, and the flavors go perfectly with a meal fresh off the grill! Use potatoes, parsley, onion, and your other potato salad favorites. Instead of mayonnaise, though, toss them all in a dressing made from ¼ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The result is savory, flavorful, and keeps longer than it’s mayo-based cousin. Want an extra bit of freshness? Toss a diced apple into the mix!

No Mayo Potato Salad

Lightspeed Chili

You might think of chili as a time consuming, simmering dish, or even an all-day-in-the-slow-cooker dish, but using different ingredients can speed things up. Stick to Great Northern beans and pre-canned green chiles for your base, and toss in a shredded rotisserie chicken from the store, and you’re practically done before you’ve even started. Simmer for a bit the night before, then heat things back up with a pot on the grill for gameday. This one’s perfect for those cold weather games!

LIghtspeed Chili

Sausage Snacks

Essentially a stuffed mushroom without the mushroom, these savory delights are going to fly once you uncover them. Mix sausage, cooked quinoa, shredded cheese, and a bit of pepper and cornstarch, then shape them the way you would make meatballs. Simply bake them, and you’re good to go! While they still need to be cooked before the game, it’s good to note that you can refrigerate the balls the night before or even freeze them up to a month beforehand. It’s easy to make a double batch, make half for the game, and save half in the freezer for an easy setup next time.

Whatever you decide to snack on, cooking and packing your Subaru beforehand can make for a nice, smooth morning on game day. For more on all you can do in your Subaru to ensure an awesome tailgate, or to find the right ride this season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

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