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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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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