Alternatives to making your name plural on a holiday card

Last night, I came across my favorite annual article, just in time for Thanksgiving. You know the article. The one that yells at you to stop adding a fucking apostrophe to your name when you send your Christmas card.

Well, that article is, as it always is, spot on. But it’s not just YOUR name you have to worry about. How are you addressing your recipients’ names on the envelope?

As someone who sent eleventy billion wedding invitations and thank-you cards last year and sends dozens of Christmas cards every year addressed to families and couples galore, I have developed a number of potential solutions for you. You never have to worry about a last name seeming off when it’s pluralized again.

Santa holding an envelope that says alternatives for addressing your Christmas cards

Instead of addressing your adorable photo Christmas card to The Wojs (which is the correct way to address a card to my family), try one of these simple variations.

 

Address Christmas cards using both or all the names

Look, you can try to be fancy and fail miserably with your misguided apostrophe (stop calling us the Woj’s!)…OR you can be super cool and use both of our names. Just because we got married doesn’t mean we’re no longer individuals. If you want to get really fancy with it, you can use our full names. Brian’s name is still Brian. But I suppose you can call me Chrysanthemum if you really feel as if full names are important. If we had kids or dogs, you could add their names too. Sure it would take up a lot of space, but isn’t my pet Ebenezer the Sloth worth it to you?

Postcard addressed to Brian and Chrissy Woj

Address the holiday card card to the whole family

Instead of worrying about accidentally shoving an apostrophe in the last name — because OMG you can’t possibly just put an S after a J — just address the card to a single family unit, like The Woj Family. Sure Brian and I are just two people, but we ARE a family unit. We live in the same house. We argue about toothpaste squeezing procedures. The best part is that it doesn’t matter if there’s two of us or twelve of us. It’s the same three words across the board.

Postcard addressed to The Woj Family instead of attempting a plural with an apostrophe

Address cards to the person you like better

I mean…maybe it’s the person you know better. Or you don’t know their family at all. You might just address the Christmas card to me and say, “Screw Brian. He has his own people.” Or, if you’re feeling extra generous and want Brian to feel the love, you can add him as an afterthought by addressing your card to Chrissy Woj and family. Either way, we’ll know who you really meant to send the card to.

Postcard addressed to Chrissy Woj and family

A superfluous use of apostrophes on the left? Probably. But are they grammatically correct? God, I hope so.

There you have it, folks! Easy alternatives to addressing your Christmas cards to the correct person. If you’d like to receive a Christmas card from Brian and me this year, fill out this Google form with your address and you’ll likely get something in the mail by December 24. I’m nothing if not a procrastinator.

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Welcome to My Nightmare…. I Mean My Holiday Workshop

Greetings Blog Friends!

With Christmas a mere five days away, I’m going to whisk you away on a tour of all things deliciously holiday in our home. If you’re not into Christmas joy, you don’t even need to step away, because interspersed with Christmas decorations, trees, and crafts, you’re going to see all the crazy that I’ve experienced. So you’ll get Santa and the Grinch. I promise. It’s not all spotless dining rooms and fancy-pants trees (but there are those).

Let’s start with my holiday workshop. Now, USUALLY around this time, Christmas cards are sent off, presents are wrapped, and I’m patiently awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick. This year it’s more like the fourth circle of hell in which nothing is going right.

Christmas cards

Even though I think our cards are hysterical what with visual puns and stuff, I had a bazillion problems getting my cards this year, including the photo prints being late, our return address labels not getting printed out, not getting enough envelopes for the aforementioned cards and being short-changed on the number of cards printed. Christmas cards were finally sent off this morning with a few adventures in driving…

Like the person who made a right turn from the LEFT lane on a very busy major street. Or the crazy lady who almost hit me in the post office parking lot because she was flying through like a bat out of hell (and then proceeded to make her middle fingers dance in front of me when I was stuck behind her at a red light).

Holiday Workshop Tools

A little Christmas gift from Office Depot and Office Max to help smooth out my ridiculous holidays

Next year, I’m getting everything done at Office Depot. I’ve never had issues with them, and I hear they do holiday cards too. They were kind enough to send me some helpers for my holiday greeting card checklist, including stickers to seal the envelopes and pens to write out all the addresses. I was even able to slide in some of the thank you notes they sent for people who gave us gifts for our housewarming. (I’m all for the multitasking y’all. Some people got three pieces of correspondence in one envelope.)

Christmas presents

Today, I’ll be locking myself in our soon-to-be guest room, which is currently doubling as my holiday workshop with the rest of my goodies from  my wonderful friends at Office Depot and Office Max. I’m going to make a cup of cocoa, turn up the Holiday Lite (our Christmas radio station), and wrap wrap wrap my little heart out. With  gift tags, ribbon, two rolls of tape, markers and a pair of scissors from OD, and the BAZILLION rolls of wrapping paper that I have from the last few years of clearance shopping, I’ll be able to stick to my ridiculous OCD-tendency need to wrap everyone’s individual presents in different wrapping paper.

My holiday workshop

This is it. In all it’s disastrous glory. Boxes, presents, wrapping tools and ribbons EVERYWHERE…and a tree to set the mood.

What are your Christmas card/present-wrapping habits? Are you finished or still kickin’? Have you even started? What would make your holidays easier?

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, but I did receive some very helpful goodies from Office Depot and Office Max to make my holiday workshop just a little bit less of a stressful place to be. 

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Do You Like Christmas? Do You Like Snail Mail? We’re Sending Christmas Cards!

I love Christmas cards.

Christmas Card Wall and a Giveaway

My Christmas card wall at the old apartment.

I love receiving them, but I also love sending them. As is holiday tradition here on the QC Blog, you can sign up for your very own holiday greeting card from Brian and me. We’ll try to make it funny. I’ll show you a few gems from the last few years, so you know what you’re getting into.

Christmas Cards

This was the card I did, knowing it was the last time I was sending a solo card (I didn’t want to send out a from Brian and Chrissy card if we hadn’t been dating for a year).

Christmas Card

This was our first Christmas card as a couple. We had fun with it.

Last year's card was kind of a last ditch effort, because both Brian and I were dying from the flu the first two weeks of December. But we tried. And I fell.

Last year’s card was kind of a last ditch effort, because both Brian and I were dying from the flu the first two weeks of December. But we tried. And I fell.

This year, I’ve got a plan. And I hope you’ll join us in celebrating the holidays! If you’d like a Christmas card this year, send your name and address to chrissy@quirkychrissy.com.

Or fill out this simple form…

If you want to send a card this way (which you ABSOLUTELY do not have to), my address is

Quirky Chrissy
122 N. Wheaton Ave #474
Wheaton, IL 60187

(That’s a PO box, kids…so don’t get any crazy ideas).

Merry Holidays and Happy All the Things!

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Who Wants a Christmas Card? Wait. That Title is Boring. Step Right Up For the Best Christmas Card You’ll Get This Year.

I KNOW. It’s like. Just BARELY the end of Halloween season. Thanksgiving week (yes, it gets a week) isn’t quite here…actually it’s coming late this year which is messing up my ENTIRE schedule…but whatever.

Brian won’t let me put Christmas up until I take Halloween down…

BUT I LOVE my Halloween village. Thanks to my pal Brooke for introducing me to the crack that is Lemax Spooky Town.

spooky town village spooky town village

So, obviously…I’m in the process of that…Expect Christmas to start…Sometime next week. Because I have a VERY busy two weeks surrounding Thanksgiving, what with ChiTAG and Chicago TARDIS and the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who Episode. Gosh, my life is so nerdy and exciting…don’t you wish you lived here, too? Poor Brian.

But while you’re waiting for Christmas to start over here, I’d love to offer you a holiday greeting. A Christmas card to be exact. I did this last year, thanks to the idea I borrowed from the lovely Lauren Filing Jointly, and it was awesome. Of course, it takes time. And planning. And envelop licking. And things. So I’m offering this opportunity early. Because our Christmas cards? Kind of rock.

Last year, Brian and I had our first, “hey! We live together and the girl in this relationship has decided that we’re sending out Christmas cards together!”

Here was last year’s:

Christmas Card

 

So if you’d like a Christmas card…and I certainly hope you do, send an e-mail to quirkychrissy@gmail.com.

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Random Giveaway!

I’m Personally Helping Keep the USPS in Business

The other day, I spent some dollars at the post office. And I left feeling better than I had in a long freakin’ time. Among other things, I sent a random present to Katie at Words for Worms. And I wasn’t even planning on it! It just sort of happened.

I mean, when you walk into the post office and the cutest penguin Christmas cards ever are staring at you on the clearance rack, you don’t just walk away from that shit. Especially if your best friend has an unhealthy obsession with penguins. You just don’t. And if you’re at the post office when it happens…all the better. It’s like, screaming to be shipped off to its future owner. And then hopefully that adorbs baby penguin face will make it onto my Christmas card wall next year.

Christmas Card Wall and a Giveaway

Super Fun RANDOM Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for any stretch of time, you know that I’m a little on the random and ridiculous side. My Big Happy Paycheck to Me Giveaway was my way of sharing with my new blog friends. The prizes were a surprise of my favorite things, and let’s just say the winner, Lily from It’s a Dome Life was not displeased. (She received all sorts of goodies from Trader Joe’s – brownie mix, chocolate chips, cheese crackers, cookies, salsa, and the most amazing glaze ever, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a Disney Trading pin.)

I have some random stuff to giveaway to some lucky readers. Three lucky readers to be exact. You will receive a small package of little goodies to make you smile. Because who doesn’t love a package in the mail? Note: A used, but awesome book will be included in each package.

10 Chances to Enter the Super Fun Giveaway

  • 1 Entry: Post a comment on this blog post. Easy enough. Except that I want to hear about YOUR favorite things. What makes you smile? What makes you happy? If you were Oprah, what would you give away?
  • Up to 5 additional entries:Post relevant comments on some of my older or upcoming blog posts. Do not fret. I’ll be able to see them all behind the scenes…
  • 1 Entry: “Like” my Facebook page
  • 1 Entry: Follow me on Twitter
  • 1 Entry: Follow me on Google +
  • 1 Entry: Tweet this giveaway, just make sure to @Chrissawoj

This giveaway will run until Tuesday evening (January 29) at 10PM central time. I will use a random number generator to choose the winner! Good luck! Get excited!

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A Christmas Memory

I’ll bet you’re thinking that I’m going to have some sappy-ass story with a title like “A Christmas Memory.”

Well, you’d be wrong then.

I was thinking about my gram recently. She passed away in 2008, but I still think of her often. Gram had a lot of grandchildren and not a lot of money, so she would usually buy us each one thing off of our Christmas list.

My Christmas list sophomore year of college included the following: Coffee maker, blender, and a backpack with lots of pockets. I was lucky, and managed to get all three from various sources. Gram got me  the backpack. It was a really nice backpack; it had everything I wanted in a backpack.

When I opened it up at Gram’s house I got really really excited. I opened all of the pockets, examined the quality workmanship, and planned out my strategy.

My dad, clever dad that he was, leaned over to me and asked, “Does your grandmother knowwhy she got you a backpack for Christmas?”

“Because I’m a proper college student and needed a backpack to put books in, Daddy.” I said with a sugary sweet voice.

“Don’t try to bullshit a bullshitter, Christine.”

I grinned. While my Gram believed that she was helping her studious granddaughter, my dad knew better. He knew that the backpack would never hold a book in its life (unless it was The Bartender’s Guide to Brilliance.) The backpack would become my Bar Bag of Joy. The pockets were to hold cups, stirrers, snacks, and garnishes. The bag was for the booze and mixers (usually vodka and Diet 7Up. Maybe a few Coronas.)

For the record, the coffee maker was to make coffee (so that I could have Bailey’s and coffee before class) and the blender was to make vodka slushies and mudslides. We didn’t mess around in those days.

Happy Holidays! It’s only going to get more festive around here. Get ready for it.

Christmas Tree

Author’s Note: I’ve decided to try this out a new theme segment. Let me know your thoughts on Monday Memories to Make You Laugh. More so, let me know if you’re interested in participating… I’ll even create a fun button!

Don’t forgot this is the last week to let me know if you want a Christmas card from Brian and I! We’ll be sending them out next week. If you would like one, send your information to quirkychrissy@gmail.com. I’m pretty excited about them.

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Brian Shares Saturday: Christmas Cards and a Sleepy Kitty

First, and most importantly! If you would like to receive a Christmas card from Brian and I (and it’s going to be an excellent card, full of funny), just send your info to quirkychrissy@gmail.com. I’m so excited about my idea, that I can’t wait to send it out…and I really want to tell you, but it has to be a surprise. I’ve got lots of cards to send and would love to add some more! Christmas is my happy place.

Back to your regularly scheduled shares.

As it was a short week, and I kept him pretty busy, Brian If we were ever to get a normal pet, and not our future sloth, Ebenezer, Brian is most agreeable to cats, which is great because I also enjoy cats. He doesn’t want a puppy or a dog, which makes me sad…but  I think that one day, he will come around. When we have a house. And a yard. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t want a yard… hmmm…

Anyways, so he sent me this gif this week:

sleepy kitty cat

Cute, right?

Due to the fact that it was Thanksgiving week, and I kept Brian pretty darn busy… that was all he sent me. So, I’m sure that next week will be chock full of options! I hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend. I’m off to finish cooking for Second Thanksgiving.

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Confession Friday: Christmas Music is Coming

Yes. Yes, I said it. Confession Friday: I am a Christmas-obsessed-giant-freak-of-nature-who-wants-to-start-decorating-now kind of girl. You think I got into Halloween… You haven’t seen ANYTHING yet. But I will try. try. try. to refrain. For Brian’s sake. For your sake. For at least a week or two. As soon as Thanksgiving week gets close…I make no promises. Christmas music is coming…

(But not that horrible song: Do they know it’s Christmas? Of course they don’t know it’s Christmas. And they don’t care. They do not celebrate Christmas because it is a Christian holiday and non-Christians in Africa who are starving and sick do not care that they won’t have snow in Africa, you ignorant prats./rant)

When I told Brian (long before I was officially living with him in Aurora) that we were one day going to have a Christmas tree in every room, he may or may have believed me…Much like when I told him that the Olympics was going to be 24/7 Sports TV for 2 and a half weeks…And when I told him that I had a cheese obsession…And when I told him that I had a lot of stuff…Come to think of it…maybe HE does believe me.

Regardless…when he realized that half of the boxes that were carted up the stairs to our new apartment were Christmas boxes…he may have gotten a little scared. It’s a fact: I love Christmas. I love everything about Christmas. It’s joyful. It’s bright. It’s cheery. It’s wonderful. Our little apartment is going to look amazing. and Christmas-y. As soon as the rest of the boxes are unpacked…Christmas boxes are next.  and the trees go up.

Yes. I said trees. Since I was a young child, I have always made the Christmas tree my responsibility. And no one was allowed to help…Because they didn’t know how to do it right. Really…it’s because I’m slightly OCD and have a need to see every ornament as it goes on the tree. You’ll note that the baby picture of Chrissy goes front and center every year.

Confession Friday Christmas Music is Coming

We made her pose like that.

In closing, fair readers…I have borrowed a brilliant idea from Lauren of Filing Jointly. I would love to send you a Christmas card this year! As a thank you for being awesome and reading my blog and all of that good stuff. Just send an e-mail to quirkychrissy @ gmail with your name and address, and you will receive a fantastic Christmas card. I haven’t quite decided what it will be yet…but you can bet it will be hilarious. Last year, a girlfriend of mine convinced me to send out this beauty:

Christmas Cards

I know, perfect right?

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