‘Twas the night before Christmas, and old Packard Bell
Was aware that it had lots of products to sell:
So it prodded and badgered and advertised stuff
So that nobody felt they’d quite purchased enough.
In the living room, all the best families decree,
One must place a Deluxe Top Front Tuning TV;
There’s joking and drama, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden
And Santa’s appearing alongside Dean Martin.
A handsome clock radio by Mom’s bedside table
Means she’d better get up just as soon as she’s able
To wake up from slumber and summon the perky:
Come on, Mom, get busy attacking that turkey!
A Hi Fi for the den with three speakers will drown
Out the portable radio Sis never turns down;
Oh, such a cacophony of laugh tracks and drumming,
Pop music and tele-trash never stops coming -
The neighbors would hate it, but they cannot hear:
They’re knee-deep in Packard Bell toys over there.
All hail the electric, come partake if you lack it -
Merry Christmas to all, but please turn down that racket!
I wish you all a terrific holiday – whatever you’re celebrating – and thank you so much for visiting, for your incredible comments that make me laugh out loud and think (sometimes at the same time, which is quite a trip!) – and all that jazz. May your presents be charmingly impractical, and your dinners delectable – with enough leftovers to preclude cooking for several days.
[1956 advertisement from Duke University's Ad Access.]