Merry Christmas, Christmas-celebrators! I know I’ve been more Hanukkah- and Toyotathon/Happy Honda Days heavy in my holiday mentions here, but I do realize there are other traditions, even such niche and lovely ones as your Christ’s Mass holiday. I wonder if businesses should consider putting up decorations for this holiday as well? I know one of the traditions is to transport an evergreen tree on a car roof for display in the home, and so I wondered what sorts of cars tend to be shown performing this holiday task? I did a Google image search, and was pleased with the results, which don’t really reflect reality, but are charming nonetheless. Here’s a spoiler: it’s full of Beetles.
Well, not just Volkswagen Beetles, but they do make up an extremely significant part of the mix. In fact, I’d say the two most common Christmas-tree-on-roof cars shown are Beetles and old pickup trucks, often F100s or ’50s-era Chevy 3100 trucks, or the sorta genericized versions of them. Trucks are almost always the bulbous, fat-fendered ’50s sort, and the Beetle category includes a lot of cars I think people mistake for Beetles, especially in profile (in America at least), like Fiat 600s or Citroën 2CVs.
The cars are almost always red, too, I suppose for the red/green Xmas color scheme, and while you do see a smattering of more modern or mainstream cars, it’s clear that’s not what people want.
They want a vintage look, they want charm and nostalgia and a certain mildly comical contrast between tree and car size, I think. A RAV4 doesn’t cut it, but an old Beetle does. Sure, the heater wasn’t great, and if you didn’t have a roof rack that rounded shell may be a challenge to lash a tree to, but they were good in snow.
Remember, the first normal production car in Antarctica was a Beetle! Look!
Anyway, have a wonderful holiday, everyone. You’re the best.