Several years ago, a bride wrote to Miss Manners asking if she really needed to send thank you cards to everyone who sent her a gift. Couldn't she just attach a thank you blurb to their party favor at the reception?
Miss Manners responded frankly: choosing not to send a thank you note communicates to the giver of each gift that his thought, time, and money spent to select a gift for you was not worth five minutes of writing and a postage stamp.
Have you ever sent a gift to someone in the mail, and you anxiously await her call or note to see if she liked it? And then, you wonder if she even got it? Maybe it got lost in the mail? Maybe you wrote the wrong address. Maybe she just didn't like it and doesn't know what to say.
But, we rarely think ourselves rude while we neglect our thank yous. It's happened to all of us--time slips away, and we just never take the moments to send a note of gratitude for the kindness someone has shown us.
Christmastime revives us with kindness and joy and generosity. Let it also renew in us a readiness to acknowledge the kindnesses shown to us through gifts. Generosity and gratitude go hand in hand. Let's set our minds to give and receive with joy!
Here are some thank you cards for inspiration! Our newest florals -- A Year of Flowers Calendar Sets 1,2, and 3-- would make gorgeous gratitude notes! Personally, I think the Thank You set is an essential. I would love to see the 'thank yous' you make. Feel free to post them in the comments for us to 'ooo' and 'aaah' over!
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