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Family Christmas Tree Shopping: An Odyssey

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You know what kind of jerk I am? I’m the kind of jerk that — when Honda gives me an Odyssey for a week to test-drive just before the holidays — uses it to pick up our family Christmas tree and stick said tree right in the car to boot. Because you don’t hand a mommy blogger a magical minivan with a built-in vacuum and  expect her to not push that baby to the limits. I mean, I had to see what it could do!

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{That’s Miz Delilah George after opening the door herself. Very exciting stuff for a four-year-old, you guys.}

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{She was disappointed to discover that the front doors don’t automatically slide open once you get them started like the backdoors do. There’s a reason for that, kiddo. Adults only!}

Anyway, we hopped in the car to drive to our local supermarket where we buy our actual Christmas Tree for $40 after we soak in the apple cider and family fun at the overpriced tree lot down the street. A 7 footer for $120? I could fill the Odyssey’s massive gas tank for less than that and STILL have money left over for my supermarket Noble Fir.

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We were buckled in and ready to go when Scott decided to pop out a few seats to make way for our tree-to-be, and Dee instantly wanted us to move her seat to the way back. Man, that is a good-sized van. Two seats in, two seats out, and we easily had a toddler in a car seat plus a Christmas tree plus groceries in the backseat.

The 2014 Odyssey is full of bells and whistles that at first made me think I was going insane. Turn your blinker on with someone in your blindspot? BEEP! (Otherwise, the car lets you know there’s someone in your blindspot with a simple icon that illuminates next to each mirror.) Not braking fast enough? BEEEEP! Bush in front of your parking spot? BEEEEEEEEEP!!!!! But with a Christmas tree in the back after dark? I could not have been more grateful for those warnings. The extrawide mirrors helped me keep my eyes on the road while the sensors did their job to help me get our full load safely home.

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AT WHICH POINT MY TODDLER VACUUMED THE PINE NEEDLES OUT OF THE CAR HERSELF AND CALLED IT FUN. I MEAN REALLY. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE ODYSSEY BACK HONDA? WHY!?

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Happy Holidays from our pine-scented living room to yours!

 

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