In the aftermath of wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, and graduations there is one common factor, or rather I’ve always been told there should be: a personalized thank you note. Staring at a lengthy list of pending thank you notes may have the same effect on you as that final research paper from college.
I must give credit to my girl Emily Post who must have been the early 20th century’s very own Proverbs 31 woman. She paves the way for social conduct even today. Many of her ways have fallen by the wayside in our fast-paced culture, but her advice on thank you notes weathers the test of time (well maybe not the parts about stamping and wax seals). Now, if only I could put this advice into practice. I was sending my wedding thank you notes out as we nibbled on our first-anniversary cake.
Just for fun, here’s one of Mrs. Post’s sample letters following a baby gift:
“Dear Mrs. Norman:
Thank you ever so much for the lovely afghan you sent the baby. It is by far the prettiest one he has; it is so soft and close—he doesn’t get his fingers tangled in it.
Do come in and see him, won’t you? We are both allowed visitors (special ones) every day between 4 and 5.30!Affectionately always,
Adjusting your mindset and vision as you begin writing
Adding a creative flair
Finding age-appropriate ways to involve your child in writing thank you notes
Different ways of saying thank you
What are some creative or convenient ways you have found helpful for showing gratitude to others?