What do the season’s greetings mean?


Salvation! This week, we’re answering a question about a common greeting we hear in December: Season’s Greetings.

Question:

Dear VOA,

I hear Americans say, “Season’s greetings”. What does it mean? And how do you write it: “Season’s [Season-apostrophe-s] Greetings “or” Seasons ” [seasons-apostrophe] Greetings?”

Hussein, India.

Responnse:

Dear Hussein,

This expression is very common between Thanksgiving, at the end of November, and New Year’s Day, January 1st. Many festivals are celebrated during this time or season.

Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday in November. Then there is Hannukah, which is part of the Jewish religion. This year, Hannukah began shortly after Thanksgiving on November 28.

People take photos in front of a menorah on the Jewish holiday of Hannukah in Istanbul on December 24, 2016

Christmas is December 25. Kwanzaa, an annual celebration of African American culture, takes place from December 26 to January 1. Finally, there is New Year’s Eve on December 31st and New Year’s Day on January 1st.

the plural the word “greetings” refers to a message that expresses good wishes to someone.

When we write cards or letters at this time of year, we try to include as many religious or non-religious traditions as possible from our friends. Thus, people can choose to say “Season greetings”. You’ll find the phrase on cards, gifts and in outdoor lighting attach.

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economy, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economy, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.

A similar expression is “Happy Holidays”. This is another way to include people of diverse traditions in our greetings.

How to write it

Finally, how do you write “Season’s greetings?” It’s a season, so the apostrophe goes after the word “season” and before the “s”.

The VOA Learning English team hope that you can safely reunite with your family and loved ones during this season, as we send you all ‘greetings of the season’.

What question to do you have on American English? Email us at [email protected]

And it’s Ask a teacher.

I am Jill Robbins.

Dr Jill Robbins wrote this lesson for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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Words in this story

plural grammar. pertaining to a form of word that refers to more than one person or

display m. an arrangement of objects intended to decorate, advertise, entertain or inform people about something

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