Before I begin, let me give credit where credit is due. Thanks to @Joey_Powell for the headline inspiration and for spearheading the #nochristmasdecorationsoncars movement among Triangle tweeps during the last couple of weeks
Now, on to the meat of this long overdue post (overdue in the sense that I haven’t posted in months and because of the topic being discussed) that I’ve been angrily writing in my head since the first time I saw a set of antlers on a minivan.
Who came up with this idea? What person had enough free time to say to themselves, ‘you know, I think my station wagon needs a nice set of stuffed antlers coming out of the windows and a Rudolph nose hanging off the front bumper?’ Was it a grandmother who was too darn sweet to confront? Maybe an innocent child who would have been crushed if his wimp of a father had said ‘no son, we can’t put antlers on my Tahoe.’
It’s hard to say when, how and why it started, but at this point it’s crystal clear: people love putting Christmas decorations that should never see the light of day on their cars, arguably the most public pieces of property they own. It’s appalling, sickening and it must be stopped (or at the very least, made fun of).
I’ve talked junk about everything that’s wrong with Christmas before. Several times, actually (Here, here and here). But this latest craze, which defies logic more than ‘ol Timmy Tebow, takes the cake. My initial paragraph-long rant about car decorations last year has now morphed into a full-fledged rant.
Throughout the last couple of days, I’ve solicited my Twitter followers for pictures of some of the more ridiculous Christmas cars they’ve seen to use as an example. I’ve compiled them for your viewing (dis)pleasure. When you see these cars in parking lots, feel free to remove the antlers, wreaths, lights or whatever else and place them in the closest trashcan. If you see folks driving, try to do the ‘you have a flat tire’ motion and when they pull over, make your move. They may think you’re a carjacker, so act quickly and get on your way.
Whatever you do, don’t condone people you know who have decorations on their cars.
Thanks to everyone who contributed photos.
Photo courtesy @mirdot.
Photo courtesy @Lon_Petrini.
Photo courtesy @firstdownpack.
Photo courtesy @RCorySmith.
Photo courtesy @EmilyLHurst.
Photo courtesy @TrickyVick.
I was going to try and write a closing paragraph, but I just looked at the Smart Car photo again. I’m speechless.