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 when there are children?
A: The family name:
The Jones Family
If listing a family with children typically list the husband first, wife followed by children oldest to youngest:
The Jones Family
Thomas, Marie, Emily, Evan and Gracie
Ages are optional!
Couples without children could also be:
Marie and Thomas Jones
Q: Do you address the envelope to “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “The Smith Family.” (Does it matter?)
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
Correct: The Joneses; Incorrect: The Jones’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. It’s a matter of personal preference, though!
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.