Deck the (Snyder) hall with Dial-a-Carol

Deck the (Snyder) hall with Dial-a-Carol

Your favorite Christmas carol is now just a phone call away.

The University of Illinois' 56th annual finals week tradition — Dial-a-Carol — kicked off Thursday. Singers are now available 24 hours a day, through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 16, at 217-332-1882.

Last year, UI students sang a whopping 6,836 carols to holiday revelers in 32 countries. They logged 4,000 calls from students, professors, alumni, children and classroom teachers around the world, and reached all 50 states within two days, according to Snyder Hall Resident Director Daniel Quock.

The popular program was launched in December 1960 by University Housing secretary Betty Gordon and the residents of Snyder Hall who wanted to spread a little holiday cheer around campus.

"For the most part, it's live carols all the time," says UI Housing spokeswoman Kirsten Ruby.

Top requests in 2014? "Jingle Bells," sung 1,137 times, followed by "Rudolph" (626), Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" (347) and "Frosty the Snowman" (276).