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:
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!
Dallas-based Lee Cordon is a wife and mother of four who years ago had a dream to create a place where women could be encouraged to love their friends and family well. DoSayGive is now a go-to destination for gracious etiquette, meaningful gift ideas, classic style, and intentional motherhood.