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Favorite Holiday Memories!


In the pandemonium of buying and wrapping gifts, cooking, and getting ready for the holidays, it’s always nice to reminisce on favorite holiday memories with our loved ones! Our staff travels down memory lane sharing their favorite holiday memory!

Carlos Rodrigues, Toyota Service Managercarlos

“One of my favorite memories was my oldest son’s first Christmas. We bought him a pair of Nike sneakers in September when he was born, but by the time Christmas came around he outgrew them, so we hung the shoes as an ornament. Twenty-eight years later, we still hang them on the Christmas tree!”

Marquise Grant, Toyota Sales Consultant


“One of my favorite Christmas memories was when my mom got me the drum-set I always wanted. She regretted it after.”

Marina Tadros, Customer Relations Manager


“My favorite Christmas memory was the year my friends and I played a very intense game of Monopoly until 4 AM. But by that time, I don’t think we were still friends anymore.”

Ed Lopez, Sales Manager 


“My favorite Christmas memory was my first Christmas back home with my family after having spent the past two holidays overseas with my fellow Marines, OOHRAH! I am wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

Alan Mine, Toyota Service Advisor 


When my daughter was five, we drove early Christmas morning together to pick up grandma. As we were driving the empty roads she said, “Dad, we have the whole world to ourselves!” It was such a special moment!

Brian Castellon, Finance Advisor 


“I am super excited for Christmas this year because I am visiting my daughter…but it’s a surprise!”


Happy Holidays, everyone!


Thanksgiving Party Ideas!

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If your social media is flooded with red Starbucks cups and your senses are overwhelmed with minty evergreen and cinnamon scents, don’t be alarmed, it means the holidays are officially here! Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here are a few fun game ideas, so you can share the memories at the next family gathering!  

  1. Shake your tailfeather!


You may also know this game as the tissue box game, but we added a Thanksgiving flare. Empty a tissue box for each player and replace the tissues with craft feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose or thick ribbon onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. To play, give each player a box tied with pantyhose and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. Players must move around and shake, shake, shake until all of the feathers fall out of their tissue box. First person to empty out all the feathers wins!

  1. Feast or Football

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Give each player mini footballs and line up a bunch of large pots and pans, on the other side of the room, all at varying lengths. Dishes toward the back of the room are worth 7 points, dishes in the middle are worth 3, and dishes closest to the players are worth 1 point. Players have one minute to throw the footballs into the dishes, scoring as many points as possible . Or have teams play simultaneously by using different colored footballs, and see who can get to 21 points first. 

  1. Thanksgiving dinner

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This is great game which tests your memory and requires very little physical activity, perfect for the post-meal recovery! Everyone gets together and sits in a circle. The first person starts off by saying “At Thanksgiving I like to eat turkey.” Then the next person says the same thing but adds another dish. This continues all the way around the circle with each person reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake they slide out of the circle and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.

We hope these games spice up your Thanksgiving party! Stay tuned for next week’s blog 🙂 

Happy Holidays from Crystal Auto Mall!

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Hello Everyone!

We want to wish you a Happy Holiday. This year has flown by! I can’t believe that the next blog will be for 2016!

For me personally, looking back on my first year spent with Crystal, I created many wonderful memories. I had great opportunities to get involved with the local community and meet some amazing people along the way!

Here at the office, I have gotten to know my hilarious coworkers and met some awesome customers. It was nice getting to meet the people I make appointments for over the phone.

Some of my favorite memories include taking the RAV4 for a weekend trip to Preakness in Baltimore and meeting the workers at our local food drive. Much has happened, and I am truly grateful to be part of such a great team.  The icing on the cake is being able to share all of that with you, my wonderful readers!

Even the company has seen some great changes this year, including the completion of our construction. Thank you to all our customers who have been so patient with us this past year, it means a lot to us that you were part of our journey in becoming better.

We hope you all have a wonderful Holiday. No matter how you are celebrating, we hope that your homes and families are filled with holiday cheer. May the New Year bring many more great things!

All the best,

From Marina Tadros and the Crystal Auto Mall family! 



Happy Halloween!

Halloween is an exciting time for many! You get free candy and the opportunity to be creative and dress up as anything you want. So, I decided to share Halloween memories from our Crystal Auto Mall team with all of you!

Elias – Toyota Sales Rep


“I moved to America from El-Salvador when I was 8 years old, it was
the first time I ever celebrated Halloween. It was so much trick or treating for the first time! I dressed up as a vampire, had glow in the dark fangs, a cape, and everything.”

Patrick – Toyota Advisor

Classic photo bomb by our very own Alan Mine, Toyota adviser!

“When I was 16 years old, I broke my leg so I couldn’t trick or treat. My mom made me sit out on the porch and pass out candy to all the kids. My friends came over and made fun of me.”

Albert – Valet Team


“My favorite costume was when I dressed as Fred Flintstone!”

Dale – Parts Department


“Every year, I participate in Haunt for Hunger, where we set up a haunted house and the money raised goes to the local food bank. I always dress up as the scary guy with the chainsaw – gets everyone every time.”

Kenny – Mazda Tech


“My wife and I got married last year on Halloween. The ceremony was at our house, but we still passed out candy to all the kids!” – Happy Anniversary Kenny!!! –

We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!