Don’t Let Apostrophes Ruin Your Holiday Cards

  • BY Steve Gamel
  • December 12, 2019
By Steve Gamel

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to get those family cards in the mail asap.

As the resident writer and editor, this is your friendly last-second reminder that before you send them out, make sure you do a final glance over to make sure you didn’t put an unnecessary apostrophe in your family’s last name. Trust me; it’s a massive grammar faux pas.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

WRONG: Merry Christmas from the Gamel’s

CORRECT: Merry Christmas from the Gamels

While the correct version admittedly looks a little weird to most people, using the apostrophe actually makes your last name possessive. I see this mistake being made time and time again, so I thought, why not give a quick tutorial just in case you’ve fallen into this trap once again.

If the last letter of your last name ends in  a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y … simply add an s to the end of your name.


  • The Murrays
  • The Meltons
  • The Wallaces

If the last letter of your last name ends in s, x, z, ch, sh … add an es to the end.


  • The Joneses
  • The Gonzalezes
  • The Maddoxes

If you really don’t think you can remember all of this in the crunch, another option is to avoid the scenario altogether and write around it!

“Merry Christmas from the Gamel Family!”

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