Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the Third Day of Christmas. . .

It was a day of drifting fog and intermittent rain . . . perfect for writing the Christmas thank you notes.
When they were young, the boys and I would do this together . . . and occasionally I would receive thank you notes from the family members who'd been charmed by the boys' letters. Then, of course, I'd have to write a thank you for the family member's  sweet note . . .

I don't know if this is a generational thing or a Southern thing but I do know I'd be haunted by my mother and grandmother if ever I quit writing thank you notes . . .
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15 comments:

Martin said...

Generational or Southern, it's a sweet and courteous thing, Vicki.

Ms. A said...

I'm beginning to think thank yous and thank you notes are a thing of the past, with anyone I know. I know it isn't right to give a gift and expect anything in return, but not even a verbal thank you??? Irks the snot out of me!

Evalinn said...

Lol, that´s pretty sweet! :-)

Jon Lee said...

I think you're so right. Thank you notes are a beautiful tradition. I still write them. Today, however, and, unfortunately, I think, thank you notes seem to be becoming a thing of the past. The quick thank yous via email or even a text are taking the place. Gentility, manners, are they going to be replaced by the fast, easiest way of doing things?

Pat in east TN said...

I do believe it is a lost art, but when done is greatly appreciated.

Brian Miller said...

i think that is very cool honestly...and i think it might make some more thankful...

Star said...

Thank you notes are just as important as the presents themselves or more so. They are also very nice to do especially if you have some pretty notepaper.

Thérèse said...

Same thing here for the "haunting part" lol.
The boys signed the ones I had time to write just before Christmas otherwise they send sms or pick up their cell phones for the thanking part...

Bouncin' Barb said...

My mother is better at writing thank you cards than I am and her handwriting is amazingly beautiful for almost 86. Mine isn't so good anymore from the pinched nerve in my neck. Still, it should be done as I think it's a great gesture. Good for you Vicki. Some things are becoming lost in our younger generation.

Deanna said...

It is the right thing to do!

Kath said...

Generational is my vote. I grew up writing those notes and had my daughter do the same. Then she escaped to grad school, and she stopped! What is she thinking?
(I'm a native born Californian, and my mother called AZ home. Daughter grew up FL and AL.)

katy gilmore said...

I'm with you! Wrote mine this morning while it was still dark outdoors, and looking forward to receiving some - and probably some not - Thanks Vicki!

Vicki Lane said...

I'm not offended by a thank you email -- what I hate is sending a gift and never hearing ANYTHING. I suspect it's generational, as Kath says. Just like not bothering to respond to RSVPs. ARRGH!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Ah yes. The thank you note for the thank you note. I think it's a southern thing instilled in me by my grandmother. Don't see it too often anymore and I mean thank you notes.
Sam

jennyfreckles said...

I taught my daughter to send them and she still does - but sometimes so long after the event that the recipient must wonder what she's thanking them for!