by Kim Taylor
I’m an AP Style nerd and I love the holidays, so naturally yesterday’s holiday-inspired AP Style chat (#APStyleChat) on Twitter is right in my wheelhouse.
If you’re not on Twitter (gasp!) or don’t have time to peruse the chat yourself, here are a few fun takeaways. According to AP Style:
- It’s Hanukkah, not Chanukah (they’re cool with challah bread, however)
- Unless at the start of a sentence, lowercase happy holidays and merry Christmas (mind-blowing stuff right there)
- Kriss Kringle, not Kris or Chris Kringle (the Kardashians would be so proud)
- Santa says, Ho! Ho! Ho! (alas, it’s acceptable to use multiple exclamation points!!!)
- Contrary to what you may’ve seen (or heard) on “A Christmas Story,” it’s fa la la la la la la la la … each note is lowercase and individual
Go forth, and write your holiday cards with confidence.
(For more AP Style tips, check out this post from 2009.)