Christmas card origin:
Merry Christmas! Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidays! Ever wonder where the idea of sending Christmas cards came from? According to etiquette guru Emily Post, the tradition of sending these beauties began in 1843 and were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Calcott Horsley in London, England. Cole printed a thousand cards wishing “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You,” to his friends.
Fast forward to 21st century, Christmas cards are the social norm for many individuals and companies throughout the United States and around the world. A big part of sending cards is the organization beforehand: deciding who to send them to, making a list, gathering addresses, addressing, stamping and mailing. Below is a “How To” on addressing your Christmas cards to save you some time (and an unnecessary headache) this year!
How to address your cards:
Young woman (under age 18): Miss Weezie Boiles
Young women (plural): Miss Weezie Boiles and Miss Cathy Thornton
Young man (under age 18): Master Charlie Boiles
Young men (plural): Messrs. Damon and Charlie Boiles
Married woman using husband’s last name: Mrs. Weezie Boiles or Mrs. Damon Boiles
Married couple (formal): Mr. and Mrs. Damon Boiles
Married with children (formal): Mr. and Mrs. Damon Boiles, Damon IV and Charlie
Married (informal): Weezie and Damon Boiles
Married with children (informal): Weezie and Damon Boiles, Damon IV and Charlie OR The Boiles Family OR The Boileses
Married (both are doctors): The Doctors Boiles, Drs. Damon and Weezie Boiles OR Dr. Damon Boiles and Dr. Weezie Boiles
Married (husband is a doctor): Dr. and Mrs. Damon J. Boiles
Married (wife is a doctor): Mr. and Dr. Damon J. Boiles
How to make your last name plural:
For letters a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y, add an -s to the end of your name to make it plural. If your name ends in s, x ,c ,ch or sh, add an -es to the end of your name.
There is rarely EVER a need for an apostrophe when addressing or designing your Christmas cards. It may feel natural, but it is sending the wrong message.
Last name Anderson – The Andersons
Last name Boiles – The Boileses (If this sounds icky to you, we recommend addressing to The Boiles Family or listing the family members’ names)
When to send your cards:
We recommend sending your cards beginning the week after Thanksgiving throughout the month of December. Keep in mind the post office is extremely busy this time of year! If the Christmas time season just gets to hectic for you, then it is completely acceptable to send out New Years cards as another way to send well wishes!
If you have any questions related to sending Christmas cards, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help!