Comedy. By Roland Fernand.
Cast: 2m., 4w. It's Christmas Eve. Young Bill has robbed his piggy bank to buy Dad a pipe. Janie too has bought him a new pipe—as a surprise! Betty has decided against the tie again this year and brings home a pipe. (That old on Dad had been smoking was smelling up the house!) And then Mom and Grandma discover as they stuff the turkey and bake cookies that each has bought Dad a pipe! Poor Dad! He'll look like a chimney! Now, Dad comes beaming in with an expensive-looking box holding a present for Mom—and she warns him that if he has gone and spent a lot of money on a gift for her when the can't afford it … "Can't afford it!" cries Dad. Why, he has the perfect solution. Do you know how much money he spends on pipe tobacco alone? Yes sir! He's just going to give up smoking, that's all. There's a mass groan as they all bring forth their presents—brand new pipes. It's a bright, fast-moving play with laughter from start to finish. Approximate running time: 15 minutes.