Let's clear this up once and for all! 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Between now and Christmas, millions of people will be sending out their holiday cards to friends and families.

I'm sure they'll all be some version of a picture like this:

Catherine Yeulet

With a caption along the lines of: "Happy Holidays! Love, the Williamsons."

At least that's pretty much what mine looks like.

Anyway! Year after year, I get tons of super cute cards...and year after year, I always slightly cringe at the grammatical errors people are making on their Christmas cards. I mean, Christmas cards are expensive, and I know how much work goes into making them. So, that's why I'm here today! I'm going to tell you how to properly address and/or sign your Christmas cards.

The rules are pretty simple to follow.

For starters, your last name, or the last name of the family you're sending the card to, will NEVER EVER have an apostrophe. NEVER. EVER.

Apostrophe + last name = WRONG.

When is it wrong?

ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Moving on.

If the last name ends in: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, T, U, V, W or Y - you simply add an "S" to the end.

Example: if the last name is West, you would address it to "The Wests".

Just add an S. That's it.

If the last name ends in: X, S, Z, CH OR SH - you add "ES" to the end.

Example: If the last name is Hernandez, you would address it to "The Hernandezes".
If the last name is Busch, you would address it to "The Bushes".
If the last name is Hines, you would address it to "The Hineses".

You get the picture.

Even if the last name ends in Y, you still SIMPLY ADD AN S. Don't try to make it plural by adding "ies" to it.

Example: If the last name is Brody, you would address it to "The Brodys".

JUST ADD AN S.

Now, there is one tricky instance. If the last name ends in "CH" but makes a "K" sound, just add an S.

Example: If the last name is Weinbach, you would address it to "The Weinbachs".

In this instance, you would NOT use the "es" rule.

 

 

Now that you're a grammatical genius, please address/sign your holiday cards accordingly.