The holiday season is upon us. And the means many of you will start sending cards to old friends and far-flung family members. To save you the headache of wondering if you need an apostrophe when making your last name plural (hint: you don’t), let me share a few quick tips to help clear up the confusion and make writing and sending holiday cards a little easier.

If you’d rather skip all the examples, here is a quick graphic that summarizes everything.

First, let meet some people that will be helping us:

  • Mr. Smith and his family
  • Dr. Anthony and his family
  • Mrs. Jones and her family

If you need to make your last name plural, you don’t add an apostrophe. That would make it the name possessive.

  • Happy Holidays from the Smiths!
  • Happy Channaka from the Anthonys!
  • Merry Christmas from the Joneses!

For singular possession, add an apostrophe and an s.

  • Mr. Smith’s holiday party is on Saturday.
  • Dr. Anthony’s Channaka celebration is on Thursday.
  • Mrs. Jones’s house is all decorated for Christmas.

For plural possession (to make your last name possessive), make it plural, and then add an apostrophe.

  • The Smiths’ holiday party is on Saturday.
  • The Anthonys’ Channaka celebration is on Thursday.
  • The Joneses’ house is all decorated for Christmas.

Do you get tripped up when writing possessives during the holidays?

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