Holiday season is the best time of the year for so many of us. But with Holiday season comes sending greeting cards to all our many friends and family. There are a few common grammar mistakes that people make in greeting cards. In this article, we’ll specifically highlight how to use the term “from our family to yours”. Follow these tips and your season’s greetings cards will improve.
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What Is Correct?
“From our family to yours” is a phrase that is often used during the holidays. It is most often used as a way to pass greetings from your family to another family.
However, just like with simple words like to vs for, many people are unsure of how to use this phrase correctly. Should it be “from your family to ours,” or “from our family to yours?”
In almost all cases, the correct term to use is “from our family to yours”. Here are some examples of how to use this term.
- From our family to yours, we wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!
- From our family to yours, thank you for coming to the New Year’s Eve party!
- Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
- From our family to yours, please accept our warmest wishes.
In most cases, be sure to put a comma after yours as a basic tenet in descriptive grammar. This term is most commonly used with holiday season greetings, so be sure to capitalize the proper noun (holiday season).
Takeaway: From our family to yours grammar mistakes are common. Follow these examples and you’ll be on the right track.
The season’s greetings – Examples
No matter what religion or society you are a part of, we all wish our friends and relatives happy holidays.
1) Merry Christmas
Tis the season for holiday greetings! Whether you have to prepare a Christmas card to thank friends for attending your party or for giving a present…using proper grammar is important.
Example: From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
2) Holiday Season
Some of us have a friend, family member, or coworker that we are unsure which holidays they celebrate. That’s ok! In this situation, use the general term Happy Holidays. This can work for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Hanukkah, and more!
Example: From our family to yours, we wish you a fantastic Holiday season!
3) Happy Hanukkah
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not…it is appropriate to send greetings to your friends that do celebrate this holiday. Keep things simple on your holiday card and follow our example below.
Example: From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah!
4) Happy New Year
For many people, Dec 31st is their favorite time of the year. New Year’s Eve is a time to take a few days off and celebrate all that you have accomplished in the prior year. If you are lucky enough to get invited to a New Year’s Eve holiday party…be sure to send a thank you card the next day. Also, don’t forget your capitalization rules when writing a holiday as it is a proper noun.
Example: Thank you so much for inviting me to attend your New Year’s Day party. We had a fantastic time. Nothing better than spending time with friends and family! From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!
What Are Some Other Popular Greetings?
Here is a list of other popular family greetings.
- Good morning/afternoon/evening, family!: A simple and warm greeting that acknowledges the presence of everyone in the family and sets a positive tone for the day or the gathering.
- Hey, everyone!”: A casual and friendly greeting commonly used in more informal and relaxed family settings.
- How’s my favorite family doing?: An endearing and playful greeting that expresses affection and emphasizes the special bond within the family.
- It’s so good to see all of you!: A heartfelt greeting used when family members come together after a period of separation or during special occasions. It conveys joy and appreciation for the family reunion.
Remember that not all greetings are appropriate for all family members. Vary your approach depending on your relationship with each individual person!
“Family” is singular and “families” is plural. For example, I would say “my family is coming over your house for dinner tomorrow”. If I was referring to multiple families, I would say “there are four families coming over for dinner tomorrow night.”
“Your” is a possessive adjective that refers to something that belongs to the person being spoken to. For example, if I say “Your car is parked in my driveway,” I’m saying that the car belongs to you and it’s parked on my property. It is grammatically correct to use the word your in the correct way.
It is correct to say “families” when referring to more than one family. If you want to indicate that your family own’s something, you should use the term “family’s”. For example, “that is my family’s beach house.”
“How’s yours?” is an informal greeting that usually means “How are you?” It can also be translated to mean “What’s up?” or “What’s new?” Many people also use this term to in casual conversations to ask about other people’s children. For example, “my kids are doing great, how’s yours?”
Your and yours are both possessive forms of the pronoun you. The term “yours” should be used to show ownership or for closing out a letter. For example, “Can I borrow your pen?” You use yours when you are referring to something that belongs to yourself. For example, “I found a pen on the floor. I think it’s yours.” If you are closing out a letter, you could sign at the bottom “Yours truly, Tom.”
You should always use the term “yours” and not “your’s”. For example, you would say to your son “Timmy, go take your game back from your brother it is yours.” “Your’s” is not grammatically correct.
The Bottom Line
So, the next time you’re thinking about sending out a season’s greeting card, make sure you use this term correctly. Greeting cards are a great way to say we miss you to a loved one! We’ve covered how to use this term in all the major holidays and seasons. Now you know how to sign off future greeting cards!
Also, pay close attention to the spelling & grammar on your cards! We saw on our article about the word nosey, that small spelling changes can totally change a phrase or sentence.