Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

If there's one thing to take away from the commercialized part of the holiday season, it's that Hot Wheels and Matchbox aren't the be-all and end-all of miniature cars. Just as trees are decorated to suit owners' tastes, cars have come out in ornament form to help with that.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Because I can't get away with covering a tree in Christmas Puffalumps or secretly hooking up the house lights to the internet, I must resort to other means of decoration. Usually, they're cars.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Some of the cars on the tree are just ones that looked cool, like this turquoise 1957 Chevy Bel-Air hauling presents and a tree.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Others are more stylized, such as this pink 50s-style convertible being driven by a reindeer.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Other vehicles were more stylized to begin with—namely, in the shape of a giant wiener. If you don't recognize this car, I don't think we can be friends anymore.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Many more, such as this red Ford pickup and the turquoise glitter-Beetle-like-thing at the top of the page, were either cars we've owned or cars related to ones we've owned.

Yes, my mom had a Beetle with flowers painted over the dents. Raphael needs to do the same with his Baja Bug. Flowers. Everywhere.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Dad's most memorable old cars—which I'm still mad at him for getting rid of, by the way—were a series of C3 Corvettes. I haven't found one of those in ornament form yet, but I have found a Santa in a generic C1-like car and an insanely detailed black C6.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

This car was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, and the ornament version even has a full interior inside.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

If there's not a 50th Anniversary 911 somewhere in ornament form, I'm going to be one sad Porschetard.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Not to leave out trainlopnik or planelopnik, we've got those, too.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Just to make sure we haven't left out anything with wheels, there's also a tractor.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Of course—because it's my tree—we have the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, too.

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

It's so soft and fluffy!

Your Awesome Christmas OrnamentsS

Regardless of what you're celebrating this holiday season, show us your shiny vehicular holiday baubles in the comments below.

Merry everything!

Additional photo credit: Stef's Mom (Stef and bunny)