Ladies, it is time to change our mindset on the difficulty of tying a Christmas tree to a car. Have you ever experienced discussing a topic with a man who makes something seem really difficult and stressful, but when you try it out, it couldn’t be simpler? This is one of those experiences. Check out this site for example. Detailed. Thorough. A really good tutorial on how to tie a Christmas tree to your car. Here’s the thing. When tying a Christmas tree to your car, all you need is some good rope, a little bit of patience, and some common sense.
Common sense number 1: Have someone help you hoist the tree to the top of the car. You don’t need a whole lot of muscle. Some of your kids probably weigh more than a Christmas tree, but they are really long and cars are pretty tall. So, to avoid risking looking pretty silly right in the very beginning, just ask someone for help. Most tree places have a lot of people there for help.
Common sense number 2: Tie the rope to the rail on your car to begin. If you don’t, you’ll just be wrapping a tree and that isn’t the point. Make sure that it begins anchored to something. If you don’t have a rail on the top of your car pass the rope through the your car (not through the windows!) and pull tightly. You’ll just need a bit longer of a rope.
Common sense number 3: Wrap the trunk with rope and then anchor the rope to the other side. Doesn’t it just make sense to start securing the large, firm, branchless piece at the end of the tree? Yes, it does. Start there. Again, if you don’t have a rail, keep passing the rope through the car.
Common sense number 4: Wrap the rope around the tree and the side of the car until it is firmly in place. This is the part that makes this whole process seem hard. It’s not hard. It’s just annoying because you have a great deal of bushy branches in your way. Make sure the rope is securely wrapped around the tree and the side of the car. You can do a quick jiggle test with the tree to see if it moves a lot or doesn’t. Hint: You don’t want it to move a lot.
Common sense number 5: When tree is secure, tie the end of the rope to the side of your car. Securely. Again, a jiggle test would do nicely here.
And you’re done. Some frustration was involved, yes, but nothing more difficult than changing the diaper on a moving toddler. If you own some custom floor mats then you could put the tree on the back seats (if you have room), just make sure the seats are covered with plastic protectors. It’s always good to do a quick test with the brakes before leaving the lot just to make sure it’s really secure.
Happy Holidays, moms!