Straight from mid-century America, there's no reason that your home shouldn't have this glowing, annode/cathode timepiece.
While Nixies have been "staging a spirited comeback" for the last twenty years or so, they still offer a sort of pleasant alternative to the cold glow of an LED display.
Not only do the tubes put a delicate and whimsical face on the most utilitarian of appliances, their authentically retro look is a vivid reminder of the passage of time. They call to mind an era when horn-rimmed eyeglasses and pocket protectors were more than cheap Hollywood props.
Here's the same technology being put to another use.