Do you send thank you cards?
I do, and I think they are important.
Sometimes I simply send an email thank you. Sometimes I send a Smilebox with photos. Sometimes I send a thank you card in the mail, and sometimes I have the kids make thank you cards or color pictures to send in the mail. Regardless of my method, I always try to make sure the giver receives an extra note of thankfulness from us, even if we've already thanked them in person. I do my best to make sure any and all gifts are noted in gratitude.
It seems as though thank you notes are going by the wayside. A few years ago, we went to three weddings, gave lovely gifts (from the registries, to boot!) and didn't receive a thank you card from any of the couples! Nada! I was shocked.
This year at Christmas, Mini Me's Sunday School teacher gave each child a children's Christmas CD. It's a great CD and I had Mini Me make her a little thank you card. In a slightly awkward moment, the teacher profusely thanked us for the thank you card! I was happy that she knew how grateful we felt for her generosity but her reaction made me wonder if she didn't get very many thank yous for her kind gift.
It sounds a little like I'm a thank you snob. Eh, not too much. I'm sure I've forgotten my thank you rule in the past and have slighted people the extra gratitude. But I really, really try to get those notes done for all occasions despite the reasons people give not to do them. I've heard several excuses for not giving some kind of written thank you: I'll do a post on Facebook, postage is too expensive, I already thanked them in person, and why should I thank my parents?
Thank you notes take time, to be sure. We had quite a few of them to make and write after Christmas and it took three days and a lot of prodding to get Mini Me to slap some stickers on each card and sign his name, not to mention the fun touch of drawing a picture. He did happily dictate a message for me to write on each one, though, and since we were discussing our gratefulness for the gifts he had received, he was able to specifically mention the gift on each card.
These kind of "old fashioned" thank you notes - even if they are electronic - are a habit I want to instill in my children. I think it's so important to give a specific, written thank you to someone who uses their time to select a gift and their money to buy it. No matter who it is or what they gave you, you can never go wrong by showing a little gratitude.
Do you send thank yous? Do you receive them? Do you think the "old fashioned" thank you note is still important?
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