Like so many of you, we're spending the holidays with family and friends. Regardless, we've got a few posts scheduled for you the rest of today and tomorrow; the normal daily grind resumes on Tuesday. You'll be hard-pressed to find two better links to peruse and read in your downtime today, however, then the ones we're about to show you.

The most fun thing about the annual "Happy Holidays" post is finding a suitable lead image for it. Many readers will doubtless recognize the wintry scene above, depicting a 1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, as the work of Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. The two (Mr. Kaufman painted the scenery and people, Mr. Fitzpatrick the cars) are best known for their Pontiac works – so excellent that for years, per John Delorean's orders, they were the only images authorized for use in Pontiac advertising (no photos allowed) – but their decades-long collaboration also produced images for other brands as well. Fitz and Van started collaborating in the 1950s on Mercury, then moved to General Motors to work on Buick, which led to the iconic Pontiac run, as well as similar works for Opel during Bob Lutz's tenure there in the 1970s. We remember reading somewhere that Lutz has one of the Fitz and Van originals for Opel hanging in his home.

Your mission today, between good times and great meals with friends and family, is to check out the page on Fitz & Van at PontiacsOnline.com, where you can scroll through most of the 285 works the pair created for the late, lamented performance division. From there, head to Art Fitzpatrick's homepage, for an excellent bio and more work examples, some that you'll recognize from recent years. We promise you'll be engrossed.

All of us at Autoblog wish you a happy and healthy holiday, whether you're celebrating a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Festivus (for the rest of us), or just sitting at home and enjoying some well-deserved down time. Have a wonderful holiday – and as always, please drive safely while you make the rounds today.


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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas yall! No matter how many ranks up or down we give or nasty comments we post, were all still family and I love all my fellow brothers and sisters! Have a great one!
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Agree. Regardless of whether we like Camaro or Mustang, C-class or 3-series, or F-150 or Silverado, we're all siblings. May Christmas bring us all together in peace.
      RSS007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heya Autoblog. Merry Christmas to you. And Happy holidays to everyone else. (p.s: Do people nowadays say Happy Fireworks day on Independence Day? Just wondering..) Peace on earth.
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RSS007
        LOL! Good one. that would be like saying a Holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. Oh, wait! Next thing you know it will be a Holiday candlestick holder instead of a Menorah.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody else notice buddy leaning agaisnt the car is cracking open a beer? Ti,es have changed...
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas to all you car lovers and haters, all the best to you and yours.
      David MacKinnon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas to everyone at AOL and AB Canada!!
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a gorgeous painting, that made my Christmas even better when it was already going well. Merry Christmas to all!
      Hossi Blumengaarten
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas to all
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love those now-classic Pontiac paintings. I have many of the brochures with these illustrations inside. They even made the mid Sixties low-line Catalina 4-door sedan look hot.They definitely shaped the way I like to see cars displayed for ads and renderings. here's a christmas present, my new B segment Lincoln Hybrid, a present for under the tree. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ngnXl5nVqKc/TvbA4HW4deI/AAAAAAAAFkA/GwgOo-9uZ9k/s1600/Lincoln_MKB_1000px.jpg
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it really that hard to say "MERRY CHRISTMAS"?
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      Luke Chapter 2 1 And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from C├Žsar Augustus, that the whole world should be taxed. 2 This taxing was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, 5 To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child. 6 And it came to pass that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him up in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds, watching, and keeping the night-watches over their flock. 9 And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them, and they feared with a great fear. 10 And the Angel said to them: Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: 11 For this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, in the city of David. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling-clothes, and laid in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: 14 Glory to God in the highest: and peace on earth, good will to men. 15 And it came to pass that after the Angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. 16 And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in a manger. 17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. 18 And all that heard, wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard, and seen, as it was told unto them. May God bless you with peace and happiness this Holiday season and in the coming New Year.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas! Autoblog, you are allowed to say that today without the Politically Correct anti- Christmas Nazis frowning down upon you. Because today is Christmas, not one of the numerous other days in the Holiday Season. Embrace this as a day of holy significance if you are Christian (or just want to give a shout out to Jesus), and for everyone a day of gift giving and receiving, and of family tradition. Sincerely, a Hindu Cheers
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        w00t! Nice to see you back on the AB! Merry Christmas everybody!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        hawc1506
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm atheist and Merry Christmas to everyone. Why? Because today's Christmas!
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