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History of the Christmas Carol
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Dial-A-Carol is a volunteer service where a member of the University of Illinois community will sing you a cheerful carol on-demand over the phone.

Celebrating its 55th year, Dial-A-Carol is a tradition at the university's Snyder Residence Hall. According to the Washington Post, it all started in 1960 when the dormitory's office secretary persuaded the then all-male dorm to sing carols for callers during the holiday season.

Now, over half a century later, it's still going strong. Dan Quock, the resident director of Snyder Hall, tells the Washington Post, "We're very amateur, I think that's one of the better parts of it."

Day 2 for Dial-a-Carol and we have received over 700 calls! We have heard from every US state EXCEPT Maine, North...

Posted by Dial a Carol on Friday, December 12, 2014

According to Dial-A-Carol's Facebook page, they were at 7,285 calls this year as of Sunday, Dec. 13th at 3 p.m. This breaks their record from last year, and they're only about halfway through.

As Dial-A-Carol continues to get more and more press, phone wait times are sure to increase...there are only so many cheerful volunteers to go around! But, inside tip found on their Facebook page: try ringing them at night, when there are more students to take your call.

Open for one week only, Snyder Hall will be singing their hearts' out from Dec. 9th to the 16th, so call while you still can!

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