Christmas Card Etiquette!

Christmas Card Etiquette Tips!


As you’re thinking about Christmas cards this year, I wanted to share a few helpful etiquette tips as you think about your family’s card this year.

Q: What is the proper listing of names on a Christmas card? 
A: Typically husband, wife followed by children oldest to youngest:
The Jones Family
Thomas, Marie, Emily, Evan and Gracie

Q:  Do you address to “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “The Smith Family.” (Does it matter?)

I think either is fine. I prefer The Smith Family if the couple has children, as to include everyone.
Q: How does one figure out how to pluralize their last name?
A: Use the plural form of your last name and not the possessive form (Correct: The Collier Family or The Colliers; Incorrect:  The Colliers’ or Collier’s).  The only proper use of the possessive form is when the invitation reads:  “Please join us at The Colliers’ Home.”  We see this mistake a lot and we don’t want it to happen to you!
Q: What other grammar things to people need to know?
A:That Pesky Comma! The Oxford comma is common practice for every day use, but it can sometimes be unnecessary and even distracting on a holiday card.  We like the way this name list looks without the Oxford comma on a holiday card:
Merry Christmas!
The Holland Family
Henry, Anna Beth and George
Q: Who do you send cards to? Just out-of-town friends and family and business associates or everyone we know?
I think you can send cards out to anyone, people you see daily to friends and family afar. I love the tradition of printed cards in our digital age. I love hearing how people save their cards from year to year. One lady I know would bundle each years cards in a beautiful ribbon and display them each year at Christmas. She and her family would have so much fun going back through them and remembering days gone by.
Q: Any other tips when ordering Christmas cards? 
A: Order some extra cards! I think it is nice to have some extras to send out to someone who sent you a card and you did not have them on your original list.

Thank you so much to Dixie Design for gifting me these beautiful Christmas cards. I can’t wait to share them with my friends and family!


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