Oddly enough, within about six months of the release of "Green Chri$tma$," two of the companies that are clearly satirized in the piece -- Coca Cola and Marlboro -- each asked Freberg about dong ad campaigns for them. He accepted Coke, but turned down the cigarette company. (Freberg, an acclaimed maker of satirical ads, in addition to his work as a humorist, had no problem with advertising. In fact his first-hand knowledge of advertising helps make "Green Chri$tma$" so effective. His issue was the commercialization of Christmas.)
The single transcended the protests, and went on to have a healthy, long life. Today, half a century of mass-marketing later, it has an almost genteel quality to it. Yet, it's still pointed -- and even poignant -- and still wonderful.