Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Packard Bells Are Ringing

'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.]


EastCoastLife said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!!

Da Old Man said...

Have a Merry Christmas

Crystal Raen said...

Awesome Packard Bell poem!

Hope you have a Wonderful Christmas!!!

Lidian said...

EastCoastLife - Thank you, I wish you the same!

Da Old Man - And ditto to you, too!

Crystal Raen - Thank you, and ditto. Sorry about all the dittos, I'm running a little low on original phrases this morning, but you know what I mean! :)

Chris Bowers said...

This is the featured post over at "Worth a Thousand Words" Have a Merry Christmas!

feefifoto said...

Great great poem! Happy and healthy everything to you too.

Lidian said...

Chris - Thank you so much, and all the best to you for the holidays!

Crystal - Thank you, and I wish you a great holiday too!

Tori Lennox said...

Hey, Packard-Bell even made home computers back in the Dark Ages (the late 1980s/early 1990s *g*).

I didn't realize they'd been around so long.

Hope you have a fabulous Christmas!

Amy said...

Merry Christmas Lidian :-)

Carol said...

I love it!

There's a big o' something for you over at She Lives today.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that scene is right our of Mom's childhood memories! Only there were lots more children running down the stairs!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Bill said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family (including the pets)! And Happy Holidays to all of your readers!

Thank you for the gift of your Yuletide poetry, and thank you especially for the year-round gift of your blog. I truly appreciate the hard work you put into Kitchen Retro and the Virtual Dime Museum.

GumbyTheCat said...

You and Newton and the rest of your family have a wonderful holiday!

Matt (and Gumby)

ModernMommy said...

Thank you, and happy holidays to you as well!

~~louise~~ said...

Wishing you and yours a delectably delicious Christmas Lidian.

P.S. Love the poem!

RE Ausetkmt said...

Happy Happy, Merry Merry. loved the poem btw. thanks for the drops on my sites daily, you are a KEEPER, what can I say. LOL

Cheers in the New Year.
Happy Two Thousand Fine !!!

Kris said...

This Packard Bell poem is what makes Kitchen Retro what it is. It'll be a KR Classic.

Merry Christmas Lidian!


Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!! Wishing you the best!

Lidian said...

Tori - Oh yeah, I knew the name rang a bell (ahem)...Have a wonderful holiday!

Amy - You, too! :)

Carol - Thank you! And have a wonderful holiday.

Gandalf and Grayson - I hope you get a lot of fantastic catnip toys and cool stuff.

Bill - Thank you so much, and you know how much I appreciate your visits and comments - you're one of my first blog friends you know :)

Matt - Thank you, and the same to you and Gumby!

ModernMommy - Have a wonderful holiday!

Louise - You too! :)

Kris - Aw, thank you! :) And all the best to you, too.

RE - Thank you too for all your drops. I love your blogs a lot! :) I wish you a wonderful holiday!

Heidi - You too, have a fab holiday!

Maria said...

Thank you for all the laughs and all the tears (from laughing so hard, of course)! I can't get over your posts (and loved the poem in this one)!

I hope you have and your family have a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2009!

Lidian said...

Maria - Thank you, and thank you also for all the laughs and pleasure i get out of reading your blog! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Retromodgirl said...

What a fun ad! Thank you for sharing!

Happy Holidays!

Lidian said...

Retromodgirl - Hope you have a great holiday too!