It’s National Ding-a-Ling Day ~ But It’s Probably Not What You Think

December 13, 2017

Make Someones Day With a Surprise Call

Are you a Ding-a-Ling? If so on this day you will take the time to call those you haven’t heard from in a while. Maybe someone from school days, co-worker from a previous job or neighbor from years ago. Or perhaps you’ll make a call to the neighborhood kid that used to mow your lawn. How about that couple who organized the carpooled for your children they deserve a call from you or me. Why don’t you join the Ding-a-ling club and call someone this year? You most certainly will bring a smile to their faces when you tell them what day it is.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Call someone you haven’t heard from in a long time and use #NationalDingALingDay to post on social media. Do you know anyone locally that maybe could use a phone call? Maybe plan a date for lunch or coffee with someone in Alexandria or Fairfax that would appreciate a conversation? They might be a good choice for your call to someone nearby in Virginia.

HISTORY

In 1972, a man named Hyle placed an ad in Chase’s Calendar of Events with Mailbox # in Melrose Park, IL The ad read for just a small fee of 1 dollar you can join and be a founding member of the National Ding-A-Ling club. The club, began with 871 members, they would call friends, relatives, old school pals and bygone neighbors they hadn’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, not losing old connections and this led to the meaning of the term ding-a-ling. After researching the origins of 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.

So who will you take the time to call today?

Reach out make someones day and you know what it will make your day too. Good luck and happy Ding-a-Ling Day to all.