The inspiration behind this blog post came twoas I clicked “send” on my online order of Christmas cards and shuddered when I entered my credit card information to pay for them.
Those things are flipping expensive. I even had a coupon! How did they still manage to cost a small fortune? Especially when facing the harsh reality that the recipients typically trash them once the holidays are over.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Oh, for the same reason we send moving announcements and birth announcements.
Because society tells us we have to do it.
Which reminds me of a pet peeve that gets flashed before my eyes once other peoples’ holiday cards start arriving in our mailbox after Thanksgiving.
Incorrect name pluralization.
When this happens, I see the Smith’s (yes, I meant to do that) in an entirely different light.
Homegirl has a Ph.D. in biomechanics but can’t properly pluralize her name, and now a hundred people (the number of holiday cards she mailed out) know about it.
Look, I realize grammar isn’t necessarily my bread and butter and effectively puts a bullseye on my back anytime I mistakenly send an email regarding the resluts of a recent trial. Because my grammar isn’t the best, I can see why anyone who is looking to improve their english and grammar would check out something like Effortless English Club to help build their confidence.
Whoops. I hate resluts. They’re so… gross.
Or worse, if I send a text about taht bottle of cabernet sauvignon instead of that one.
I can only hope my grammar snafus aren’t so public. Like they are bound to be on a future blog post because of the karma I’m putting out into the world just by writing this.
Which also reminds me of Christmastime around five years ago where a handful of girlfriends and I were sitting around a table
complaining about discussing mailing our holiday cards. One of the girls, we’ll call her Kathryn, asked me how many cards we ordered.
I told her.
“Well...,” she said smirking, “we mail out [twice the number I said].”
Kathryn, among other reasons, is now an acquaintance.
How to Make Your Last Name Plural
If Your Last Name Ends with These Letters, Add an s to the End:
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y
If Your Last Name Ends with These Letters, Add an es to the End:
s, x, z, ch, sh
The Critical Bottom Line: NEVER, EVER add an apostrophe. Ever.
Here is a walk down Burby Christmas card lane. Please note my hoarding failed because I somehow misplaced the 2010 card and those schmucks over at tinyprints.com didn’t keep a digital copy.
People sometimes ask where I order my holiday cards. Year after year, I get them from this site. The customer service and paper quality is bar none. (If you purchase cards through my link, I will get credit for the sale and buy you a glass of wine next time I see you!)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Love, the Burbys.