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Is It New Year's or New Years?

As we inch closer to 2021, several friends, family, and clients have continued asking me, "Are we supposed to write it as New Year's or New Years?"

The quick answer is ... New Year's (with the apostrophe).

Please, for the love of Pete, do not write "New Years."

Why is it New Year's?

Using an apostrophe shows possession, which is important when you're talking about New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, a New Year's resolution, a New Year's greeting, etc.

In all instances, you're referring to something that belongs to the holiday.

Here are a few examples:

* This New Year's Eve party rocks!

* What is your New Year's resolution?

* New Year's Day is my favorite day of the year.

* It's a New Year's celebration!!

Another noteworthy rule for 2021 and beyond

Capitalize "New Year" in a sentence when referring to the holiday, which is a proper noun. If you're writing about a general timeframe, lowercase new year.

Here are a few examples:

* Let's meet for lunch in the new year.

* Happy New Year, everyone!

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