As the middle of November nears, it’s time to start placing orders for your Holiday greeting cards that we circulate annually to friends and family near and far. For some that we don’t see very often, these yearly cards are a snapshot of our lives, memories preserved in writing that are tucked away and saved for years to come. With this in mind, we felt that it was crucial we mention a few recurring holiday-card writing faux-pas we have noticed over the years. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they’re committing these greeting card crimes, or perhaps that they are even considered a faux pas! Well, we’re here to set the record straight. Here are three essential items on the “naughty list” when writing your Holiday Greeting Cards this year.
The Assault of the Improper Apostrophe
This is a seemingly small grammatical error, but has become a big issue in the world of holiday greeting cards! It’s amazing how people seem to struggle with the concept of “pluralizing” their last names! Simply put- if you aren’t trying to make your last name possessive, don’t put an apostrophe! For example, if you are a Smith, when pluralized, your last name should appear Smiths, not Smith’s. If you are a Timmons, your last name should appear Timmonses, not Timmons’s. If your last name ends with a Y, add an S, not an ‘S. Ex. “Greetings from the Murphys.” So, as you begin to pace your orders for those annual greeting cards that will circulate your entire circle of family and friends, think hard about the placement of the apostrophe. Basically, never add one unless you actually intend to make your last name possessive, for example “You are invited to attend the Timmons’s Christmas Dinner!” Don’t defile your Christmas card with an improperly placed apostrophe, respect the letter S!
Digitally Printed, Generic Greetings & Signatures
For some who value efficiency and timeliness over effort and care, digitally printed, generic greetings signatures have become a popular option. Some people are actually having their greeting cards mass printed with a general, typed greeting and signature! Make your loved ones feel special with a personalized, relevant note to each. If you feel you simply don’t have the time, perhaps there are a few too many people on your list. Do some editing and choose to send quality, hand-written cards to those most important to you.
Sure, we’re all about saving the environment, but there are some occasions where a digital greeting just won’t suffice. Hand-written Christmas cards are a timeless part of the holiday festive tradition and, in our opinion, not something to be sacrificed for convenience and efficiency. There’s just something so much more personal and intimate about opening a hard copy, hand written letter from a distant relative and reading their personalized recount of the past year in their own scribe.