NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY
National Ding-a-Ling Day is observed across the United States each year on December 12.
Ding-a-Lings on this day call the people they haven’t heard from in a while. It may be an old classmate, co-worker or neighbor from years ago. Or perhaps a call will go out to the child who used to mow the grass during the summer. How about that couple who carpooled for soccer. What was their name? There are all sorts of people in our lives who manage to slip out of our lives who would love to hear the ding-a-ling of a call from you or me. Why don’t you join the Ding-a-ling club and call someone this year?
HOW TO OBSERVE
Call someone you haven’t heard from in a long time and use #NationalDingALingDay to post on social media.
In 1972, Franky Hyle placed a free ad in Chase’s Calendar of Events with his PO Box Number in Melrose Park, IL stating that for $1 you can join the National Ding-A-Ling club. The club, with 871 original members, would call friends and relatives they haven’t heard from in awhile every year on December 12. In a 1975 Lakeland Ledger article, the idea for the club developed during a discussion among friends about people being friendlier and led to the meaning of the term ding-a-ling. After looking up the word, they found it meant “One who hears bells in his head.”
From this evening discussion, Hyle created the National Ding-A-Ling club. The tradition grew and on December 12 millions of people will call those individuals who are dear to them.
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