December 25th is dedicated to all things Christmas – family, presents, and food. December 26th is typically dedicated to recovering from all the fun and chowing down on leftovers, but what you probably didn’t know is that it is also “National Thank You Note Day”.
I grew up writing thank you notes until my hand fell off. My mother always said that if someone took the time out of their day(s) to shop, purchase and send a gift to me – because this was long before internet shopping and Amazon – I could take time out of my day to write a note of thanks.
I used to hate writing thank yous but as I got older I grew to love writing, and receiving, thank you notes. Unfortunately, thank you notes seem to be few and far between unless it is a formal occasion such as a job interview, wedding, or a baby shower.
With easy access to texting, email, and Facebook, it seems that people take the easy way out when it comes to thanking someone for a gift. Taking the time to send a written thank you note via snail mail shows that you truly care about the effort that the receiver of the note put into the gift-giving process.
And let’s be honest, everyone loves to receive snail mail, especially when it isn’t a monthly bill!
According to experts, writing thank you notes also teaches your children gratitude from a young age.
Another reason for writing a thank you: the holidays usually give you the opportunity to spend time with extended family members you don’t get to see too often. A thank you note will not only be an opportunity to thank them for any gifts but it will also provide the chance to tell them how great it was to spend the holiday with them and maybe mention a certain interaction with them that you personally enjoyed.
So grab a mug of hot cocoa, settle up on the couch with your list of gifts and start writing!
Some tips for writing a ‘Thank You’ note:
- Allow your child(ren) to get excited about writing a thank you by taking them to the store and letting them pick out the thank you cards they like most! You can also order personalized card sets online that have their name and a fun design.
- Keep the note short and sweet.
- Make sure to mention each specific item and how thankful you are that they remembered you during the busy holiday season.
- Mention what you plan to do with it. (i.e. I plan to put the cash into my savings account to save for my first home, I cannot wait to wear my new sneakers next time I head to the gym, etc.)
- If your child(ren) are too young to write, write the thank you for them then allow them color and scribble on it, keeping the words visible. This is what I do with my toddler son; he loves being able to add his own personal touch!
- Send thank you’s sooner rather than later, but even if you forget, send one when you remember. It is always better to send a thank you late than not sending one at all.