WASHINGTON — Students at one college dorm are giving new life to the largely bygone holiday tradition of caroling.

Instead of spreading holiday cheer from house-to-house, they sing carols over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week – during finals week, at that.

Dial-a-Carol began at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 56 years ago. Students originally played vinyl records for callers. It wasn’t until the 90s they started singing the songs.

Student volunteers will be cranking out carols until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. They started on Dec. 10 this year and have already surpassed 11,000 calls.

All I Want For Christmas Is You, Silent Night, O Tannenbaum, Last Christmas… whatever you want to hear, just call (217) 332-1882.

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