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Cruisin': Decorating your car for Christmas
In Dec. 4 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

Christmas is just around the corner and most are getting into the Holiday Spirit. As I drive around town I see folks putting the Christmas decorations out on the house for display and even several have the Christmas tree up in the window already. Our clothes match the season but most of the time we forget about one of the most important things in our life, our car. Think about it, it takes us shopping to get the tree, to buy the gifts we give and even to Grandma's or Mom's for Christmas dinner. Why not get into the Holiday this year and decorate your Car or truck?

Finding the right materials and ideas to decorate your car with can sometimes seem a bit difficult. Remember that you not only have taste to account for, but safety as well. As you do go about your decorating and deciding, remember that holiday spirit should never come before road safety. With that in mind, there are a few simple things that you can do to make any car a little jollier for the holiday season.

One very simple thing you can do, and usually a good first step, is to simply write some holiday messages on your vehicle. They sell specific window marking chalk at almost auto parts store, and if your lucky, you may be able to find it in fun colors, maybe red and green to match the holiday season. After finding it, and the colors that you prefer, go ahead and deck out your windows. Just make sure that you leave enough room to see out of the back windshield. The back door windows are always a good choice. You would be surprised what a little writing can do to specializing your car for the holidays.

For those who want to go a couple of steps further, remember that all "window clings" sold to decorate house windows will also work on car window. Using stickers themselves might want to be avoided because they will be hard to get off and could permanently mark your car when they come off. Although it is somewhat difficult to find, some auto store sell colored tire spray. This easily washes off when you're done, and will not stain your car, but will make the tires themselves appear a certain color. Red is usually easy to find, and can add one more interesting and unique holiday touch to your vehicle.

Many have also gone the route of attaching a wreath or antler to the grill of the car. This can look fairly interesting, the only thing to make sure of is that the wreath is actually secure, you definitely do not want to risk it coming off on the road while driving. If your car has an antenna, you can always do something interesting with that as well. A decoration or antlers or small wreath can be placed on the antenna to further add to the holiday theme that your car has going for it.

Another interesting idea can also be found at your local Auto Parts store. Since many young drivers like the look, you can purchase small lights that attach to the inside of your rim, and give it a ring of color when the wheel is spinning at night. These lights are fairly cheap, and if you alternate the wheels you use them on, you can have a great and unique holiday decoration idea for a very minimal price.

After the outside of your vehicle is done, working on the inside is always an option as well. Give a thorough cleaning first to make sure that whatever your going to do complements the interior, and doesn't simply add to whatever may be in it at the time. You can tie some small ornaments to string to hang around your rear-view mirror, and colored or themed seat covers are almost always available. You can also decorate your back seat with empty presents, or perhaps Christmas themed pillows and blankets.

However you choose to decorate your car for Christmas, remember that there is no right or wrong way. The choice is yours. Just remember to keep it safe: don't block your line of vision or put anything in your vehicle that will make it harder to drive. As long as you keep it safe and use some creativity, there is almost no limit to the amount of ways that you can decorate your car for Christmas.

Until next time, "Keep Cruisin."

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