Thursday, 30 December 2010

Thank you ♥


Thank you letters are very important to us. We always insist that The Children write notes to say thank you for gifts received, and naturally we do the same ourselves. If we can say thank you in person then that's OK, and there are a few cases where an email or text is allowable, but in general a proper, handwritten letter is best.


After all, if someone's gone to the trouble of finding, buying, wrapping and giving you a present, it's only polite to thank them properly for it! If you don't, then why should they bother to get you anything in the future? And your letter should specifically refer to the gift sent, and should say something about how you have or intend to enjoy it. That's what I think, anyway.


It saddens me that the art of writing thank you letters seems to be dying out. Sometimes we never hear back from the recipient at all, and when we've sent something by post, we can't be sure that it's even arrived - we just have to assume, and hope, that it did! Meanwhile, though, we'll keep writing our letters and saying our thank yous properly, to show that we really do appreciate our gifts.


The journaling for this JYC envelope will also include a list of the gifts I received this year, and who each was from, as a checklist for writing the thank you letters!

16 comments:

Kim said...

I agree, a handwritten thank you note really makes a person feel like their time and effort were appreciated!

Cheri said...

I have actually started emailing people just to say "Did you get my package?" They don't have to say thank you, but at least I get an acknowledgement that it arrived!

So glad you are teaching your young ones the importance of saying thank you!

Ruth said...

I am so with you on this! Years ago, I was unable to attend a weeding, but still sent a present. The thank-you I received thanked me for 'sharing' their day with them and for my 'gift' ~ I was seriously unimpressed!
I have DS's thank-you cards printed out, ready to be written in. Because he is a January birthday, I like the Christmas thank-yous gone in the post well before his birthday.
Hmmm, how old does he need to be before he can write his own??

Ruth said...

Ooops, for weeding, read wedding!

Denise said...

Totally agree about written thank you notes.The art does seem to be dying out-and it doesn't take long once you get down to it :-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Have to admit that we're a bit on the bad end of this! LOL! I do make the children write thank you notes to their grandparents and their Godparents, but the rest not so much.
Rinda

Linda said...

I had my kidlets send Thank Yous out when they were young but now that they're grown they have, unfortunately, not followed through with that. :(

Rhona said...

I tend to be a bit like you, if they gift givers have been thanked in person then we don't send thank you letters but for those that we haven't seen, a letter is the least we can do to let them know their gift was appreciated.
xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

We do phone calls & emails.Otherwise the addressed sealed envelopes would sit in my car for weeks before I got around to buying stamps. I suck at mailing things

Amy said...

Well, as of yesterday I think that my entire family would like to say a big thank you for some lovely little things that arrived in the mail ..... they were utterly delicious Mel :-)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Here I am in my usual catch-up mode!! You have excelled yourself with your JYC this year! I especially love december 27th's 'Sleep' page! I agree with you on both Boxing Day...definitely not a shopping day & BC (before children) when I had to work on Boxing Day I used to feel really cheated!!...& the whole 'Thank You' note issue! I wish you & yours a very Happy New Year & before i go i have to comment on your achieving 741 posts this year...so far!!! Boy! that's what I call stamina!! LOL!!

Karen said...

Thank you notes have always been very important in our house, and both of my kids continue to be very good about remembering to write them after the holidays. When they were small they had to dictate them on the day after Christmas. Now we all try to get them out within the week.

Tracey said...

Thank you notes are so lovely ... and always so appreciated. It's wonderful that your children are learning the importance of such a lovely tradition too.

Sian said...

VERY pleased to be able to agree with you on this! We have a stack of thank you letters ready to post and the kids are getting to the age where they really appreciate why they are doing them

Jimjams said...

I couldn't agree more - and I have been known to cross people off my gift-giving list after one too many unacknowledged presents!
I can't understand the lack of thanks that is common these days - you wouldn't say nothing if handed the present directly, so why ignore the giver after they've gone to the extra trouble and expense of posting it out to you?
My thank you letters are always hand-written. Wouldn't everyone rather get a real letter to savour with a cuppa?

Rachel B said...

Yes I agree Mel, we always do our thank you letters :)