Don't Make These Seasonal Faux Pas
12/03/2013 05:12PM ● Published by Kelly Twedell
The apostrophe befuddles many, but in this case use it because the meaning of the phrase is "greetings of the holiday season."
2. "Hanukkah," "Chanukah," "Hanukah," and "Hannukah"?
Ah, that troublesome apostrophe. "Tidings of joy from the Halls" is correct because a possessive statement is not needed, but a plural one is- unless, of course, there is only one Hall. Also, just sign the card, it adds a personal touch – otherwise, just send an eCard.
4. "French hens" or "french hens"?
To capitalize or not to capitalize, that is the pressing question for many. It goes back to the distinction between a proper noun and a common noun. French is capitalized in "French hens" because it is derived from the proper noun "France," but don't ask why french fries is not capitalized in the A.P. Stylebook – that is my go-to guide for work, so I just go with it and enjoy eating french fries.
5. Newsletters – before sending out a time consuming Christmas newsletter, which really only chronicles your entire year of Facebook posts, it’s probably time you had a review of your contacts in your address book. People should know what’s going on in your life as you talk to them throughout the year, and not find out some big news, good or bad, in the Christmas mail.