In our family, it’s a required tradition to write thank you notes. After every birthday or holiday, we get out a 4×6 card and make our list of people to thank (preferrably before we put away the gifts, so we actually remember). That includes the great aunts who sent a card, much to our distress in younger years: “Mom, what do I say besides ‘thank you for the card’?”
But despite the sometimes laborious nature of the task, we know the thank yous are always appreciated. In fact, my grandmother has been known to send a “thank you for the thank you note.”
It’s a habit I want to pass on to my children, of always making sure to let people know their thoughtfulness was appreciated, their gift used. (Back when Mom previewed our notes before they were sent, we were informed that we were not to list the dollar amount someone gave us, but instead tell them what we planned to use it for. Usually, that was buying another book or two.)
I have but one Christmas thank you note left on the list today. I’ve saved the easiest for last–I’ll have such fun telling my man thank you for all the sweet things in the flat rate priority mail Christmas package I received!
Then I have three more notes to write. Two “thinking of you” cards (one being a belated birthday wish), and a sympathy card (the kind you never want to have to write).
Who do you need to write a note to today?