Thursday, November 28, 2013

How Do You Say Thank You?

While searching for something to add to this greeting,
I came across this article and it hit home.
It was written by Emily Post, the all-time expert
on manners and etiquette, and addresses the subject of
Who Needs A Thank-You Note?

Since we are all grateful when remembered throughout
the year with gifts from family and friends, just how do
you show your appreciation?

Who needs a note?
All gifts should be acknowledged with a note, unless the goodies were opened
in ront of the giver--then you have the chance to thank them in person. 
Who should write the note?
The person who received the gift should write the note. Group notes are
acceptable for Aunt Patty who sent the household a group present--just ask
each recipient to sign. For couples, it's perfectly fine to split the notes for
gifts you received together. For kids, parents can get creative and involve them.
When should thank-you notes be written?
Write your note as soon as possible, and don't hesitate if you feel you're late.
A ate note is always better than no note at all.
Can a thank-you note be creative?
Absolutely. Incorporating photos, children's drawings--anything at all  that
compliments the sentiment is appropriate. Just remember to include a short
written thank-you note.
What about e-mail?
The reality of email thank-yous, much like email itself, is of emotional distance.
An email to your grandmother is simply not as personal as a note written in
your own hand. So if you have a casual relationship with the gift giver and you
correspond via email regularly, an email thank-you may be appropriate. For
most other people, the written thank-you is your best for an expression of
warm, heartfelt thanks. 
How do I make writing thank-you notes fun?  
If you have a list, schedule s few different days to write your notes, and
each time give yourself a little something to make it interesting: music, a
glass of wine, a cup of tea, some chocolate. Take the time to yourself for
writing out thank-you notes, don't wedge it in between laundry, a TV
show and extra work from the office. You'll be able to think more clearly
and your focus will translate to the page. Above all, try to enjoy yourself.
Giving thanks shouldn't be a chore--and doesn't have to be if you make the
effort to keep it interesting.
I am a firm believer in notes--who doesn't like to receive a hand-written
message hat someone has actually taken the time to write? Isn't that the
least we can do for the person who has taken the time, money, thought,
and care in wrapping and delivering to you an expression of love and
good will?

What do you think? Would love to hear from you! 

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