Holidays & Occasions

Correct These Holiday Card Grammar Mistakes

‘Tis the season to send holiday greetings to one and all. You’ve chosen a beautiful design for your custom greeting cards. Now how do you write the perfect message inside that keeps you off of the naughty list?

You better not pout because this quick guide will tell you how to avoid common holiday greeting grammar errors.

Holiday Card Grammar

Apostrophes & Contractions

Open with a classic seasonal sentiment, but know where to place the apostrophe.

Holiday Card Grammar - Apostrophes


  • ‘Tis the season
  • Season’s greetings
  • Happy New Year
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day


  • Tis the season
  • Seasons greetings
  • Seasons’ greetings
  • Happy New Year’s
  • New Years


The holiday should be capitalized, but words like merry and happy do not need to be unless at the beginning of a sentence.

Holiday Card Grammar - Capitalization


  • Wishing you and yours a happy Kwanzaa!
  • Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

INCORRECT: We wish you a Merry Christmas!


Now it’s time to finish your card with a closing phrase. These should be separated by a comma before you sign the card.

Holiday Card Grammar - Comma

CORRECT: Sincerely, Mike & Sarah
INCORRECT: Best wishes Mike & Sarah

The alternative is to send best wishes from you and avoid the comma altogether.

CORRECT: With love from Mike & Sarah

Party Invitations

Hosting a holiday party? Feel free to send your holiday greeting card as the invitation itself. If you’re co-hosting the event, consider the compound possession rule for placing an apostrophe.

Holiday Card Grammar - Party invitations

CORRECT: Brett & Christina’s
INCORRECT: Brett’s & Christina’s

When asking guests to RSVP, keep in mind that the initialism stands for the French phrase “répondez s’il vous plaît,” meaning “respond please.”

INCORRECT: Please RSVP (please respond please)

Last Names

When addressing a holiday card to the whole family, follow these tips for making the last name plural. Apostrophes are not needed unless you’re making the name possessive.

Guide to pluralizing last names


  • The Leahys
  • The Ramirezes


  • The Leahies
  • The Ramirezs

If you’re unsure, add “family” instead and you’re good to go!

CORRECT: The Jones family

    • The Joneses family
    • The Jones’ family

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