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The animated “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special made its 50th annual appearance earlier this week.

It’s a true classic, touching on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas while reminding viewers of the true meaning of Christmas.

I can only hope that in 1966, it wasn’t billed as the “Second Annual” showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

A hot-button here at HMA Public Relations – nothing becomes annual until its third time. To quote the AP Stylebook:

An event cannot be described as annual until it has been held in at least two successive years.

So, here’s how to handle your description of events:

First – “Inaugural”

Second – “Second”

Third – “Third Annual”

And remember, we spell out first through ninth when they indicate a sequence in time or location.  Starting with 10th, use figures.   However, if the sequence is part of a name, such as the 1st Ward, 7th Fleet or 1st Sgt., then use the figures.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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