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Sunday, August 22, 2010

THE ART OF A THANK YOU NOTE!



This month in Southern Living, there is an article on the dying art of Thank You Notes. I don't know a single person who doesn't like to receive mail! I think this is one reason I E-bay so much. It is so fun to come home to packages! HA!

Anyway, my mama taught me at a VERY young age that you don't eat it, play with it, or open it until a thank you note has been written. I want to establish this same rule in my house. I refuse to let the internet replace good, old-fashion etiquette. I save many of my favorite thank you notes and cards, and have them taped to my vanity mirror and inside my jewelry box. I love to see them everyday.

SO here are some easy guidelines from this Southern Living article on easy steps in writing thank you notes.

1. Start with the date and salutation: Send your note, written in black ink, within a week of receiving a gift.

2. Say thanks right off the bat: Be specific about why you are writing the note. If you’re thanking someone for a monetary gift, refer to their “generosity” rather than mentioning the amount.

3. Compliment the kind gesture: Don’t be afraid to go over the top—everyone loves an effusive compliment, as long as it’s heartfelt.

4. Allude to the future: Anticipate another get-together, or if you’re writing about a gift, be sure to tell them how you plan to use it.

5. Finish with sincere regards: Reiterate your gratitude, then close the letter on an intimate note, signing your first and last name. Don’t forget to proofread before you postmark!

XOXO-
KJ

10 comments:

Kim said...

I love a thank you note - or any kind of note. And your mama taught you well, because you always send one!

Jason and Lisa Clark said...

My mom taught me to always write thank you notes. I thought it was odd when I gave a baby gift and never got a thank you note. I love receiving anything besides a bill in the mail:)

Christie said...

OMG-- it is funny you said that -- I was in the Dollar Store yesterday and an elderly lady came in and said "oh wow you have thank you cards" -- they are hard to find these days -- The clerk said "Because no one is thankful for anything anymore"

Lesley said...

You were taught well, and so was I. I am very personable and write thank you notes for the smallest gesture! Great post!!!!

jennifer renfrow compton said...

My mom taught me the same thing! Too bad that everyone doesn't follow those rules.

Catherine said...

I love, love, love buying personalized stationery (-ary???). Jon Carter HATES it when I start "browsing" the Horchow Desk/Paper section online!!!

tammie said...

handwritten notes are dying and its so sad.

Stephanie said...

This is so true! I am a big real note fan!

Stephanie said...

This is so true! I am a big real note fan!

Jenny Griffin Dukes said...

Thank you for helping to make sure that this is not going to be a dying art. People my age and younger really don't understand the importance of thank you notes. I guess they just didn't get any good southern home training!