Sunday, August 22, 2010
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!