As the colossal mess that was 2016 draws to a close, I thought I’d leave you with a little year-end tip for how to correctly greet your fellow revelers in writing this weekend.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are holidays, and like Christmas, Ramadan, Passover and Halloween they’re capitalized. You should also capitalize their abbreviated form (New Year’s) and when you’re referring to the period of 31 December to 1 January as a collective holiday.
Happy New Year!
We’re closed over Christmas and New Year.
Have a great New Year’s.
What are you doing on New Year’s Day?
But when you’re talking about the first few days and weeks of the coming year, you don’t need to capitalize it, as it’s the same as saying ‘next year’ or ‘the coming year’, rather than referring to the holiday.
Let’s set up a meeting for sometime in the new year.
I’m going to get a dog in the new year.
This way it’s clear you’re talking about setting up a meeting (or getting a dog) in the coming weeks and months, rather than over the bank holiday.
And remember, there’s only one New Year’s celebration happening this weekend, so don’t be writing Happy New Years and making a complete fool of yourself!
I wish you all a wonderful end to the year and a peaceful and puppy-filled 2017!