How To Properly Make Last Names Plural For Holiday Cards

Calling all grammar nerds. I’ve got a question for you: should it be Season’s greetings from the Smiths … or Smith’s? 

As holiday season quickly approaches, so do the mountains of cards you receive in the mail. While the baby photos and Christmas sweaters are adorable, I can’t help but get stuck on the bad grammar mistakes I find in almost all the cards. One after another, I notice the same issues with use of apostrophes in last names.

If you’re ever in a pickle about holiday card grammar, we can help. Here’s an official guide to walk you through putting your name on your upcoming card.

Here are a few quick rules:

  1. Never add an apostrophe.   Season Greetings from the Smiths
  2. If your last name ends with “s, x, z, ch, sh”, then add an “es” at the end of your name. Season Greetings from Joneses
  3. If your last name ends with any other letter, just add an s.  Season Greetings from Kranes

A few questions people have may have.

What about names ending in Y?  Just add an “s”, not “ies”.  Season Greetings from the Hensleys

Should I ever add an apostrophe?  Only if you want to make it possessive.

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