High Coo – Dec 12 – National Ding-A-Ling Day

Sometimes life gets way too serious. Solemnity is one thing but when it turns grim it’s time to ease up a little, or maybe, a lot.

Here’s today’s senryu: National Ding-A-Ling Day

Shake it off, relax,

don’t be so serious man –

take a break and sing!


National Ding-A-Ling Day is one of those uniquely American inventions. It’s sort of a two-fer holiday where you touch base (preferably by phone — hence the playful reference to “ding-a-ling”) with friends or family you may have lost track of during the year. You also get a free pass to be just a little bit weird for the day. 

(Initiated in 1971) the idea for National Ding-A-Ling Day evolved during a group conversation about people being friendlier and staying connected with loved ones. Somehow the term “ding-a-ling” came up — defined as “one who hears bells in his head.” Soon, millions of people were touching base on December 12 (or “ding-a-linging” because iPhones weren’t invented yet) with contacts they hadn’t spoken to throughout the year.” https://nationaltoday.com/national-ding-a-ling-day/

Here’s a fun variation of the Ding-a-Ling song by Sha Na Na


3 thoughts on “High Coo – Dec 12 – National Ding-A-Ling Day

  1. da-AL

    yup, we all need to get over ourselves & laugh 🙂

    btw, as a fellow writer, I would be thrilled if you’d write a guest blog post for my site! My blog is for anyone who loves writing, books, and all the arts. If you think it might be fun or helpful to have my followers (who total about 10k across my various social media) meet you, here’s the link for general guidelines: https://wp.me/p6OZAy-1eQ

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