Thursday, December 12, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-12 National Ding-A-Ling Day

Click here to download Ding-a-Ling Day card.
For those of you Little Drummer Boys out there that march a little out of step with everyone else, then today's your day.  December 12 is National Ding-a-Ling Day, an annual celebration of all those scatterbrained or eccentric sisters, brothers, cousins, uncle and aunts that show up to family reunions in moo-moos and bermuda shorts with black knee socks. There is some disagreement over the origin of this holiday.  One legend has it that the Ding-a-Ling Club sponsors this special day to promote ding-a-lings, the “wonderful, loving, intelligent, friendly, and the most desirable kind of person to know…a real bellringer!”  Another version says the day honors the Salvation Army Christmas Bellringers who get out there regardless of rain, sleet, snow or hail to raise money for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. A third theory goes that National Ding-a-Ling Day honors the scurrilous Chuck Berry song, My Ding-A-Ling, which has been banned in Boston, Philadelphia and on all Clear Channel radio stations. The song is, as you can imagine, not for children. Sadly, its Chuck's only number one song of his career.

Tell your favorite ding-a-ling she really rings your chimes with this free, printable, downloadable National Ding-A-Ling Day greeting cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the bellringer. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

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