It is definitely the Thank You Note time of year. The Christmas Season is behind us, the mound of TYNs looms ahead like the blinking red tail lights of a traffic jam, a helpful reminder the procrastination is right on track.
The concept of writing a thank you note is a foreign one to many these days. It is a branch of basic human etiquette not often practiced, lost somewhere along the pavement of time. After that UFO landed on earth containing Technology with world domination on it’s brain, common courtesy requires nothing more than a quick text complete with a thumbs up emoticon to say thanks for that sweater, that is, if any thanks is said at all.
It is my opinion, if a loved one takes the time to chose a gift, pay for it, pay for gift wrap and that $8 Papyrus birthday card, then ship it if necessary, a hand written note is not too much to expect in return. Is it?
Below is an exerpt from an article published in 2013 in the January/February edition of the “Costco Connection” magazine. Excellent description of why hand written TYNs are so special.
“When I get a handwritten letter, I’m excited to open it. The art of the postage stamp, the feel of the paper, the graphic quirks of a friend’s handwriting: There is simply nothing as personal as a handwritten note. In a stack of bills and flyers, it’s a treasure in a sealed packet, full of promise and potential. It is a visceral reminder of someone far away.
Good manners are about more than fulfilling bare-minimum social obligations. They are an opportunity for us to connect to the people in our lives in a meaningful way. In an increasingly informal digital world, continuing to pull out pen and paper is a way to distinguish yourself. The handwritten thank-you note speaks volumes simply as a medium and sends the message that you care enough to invest yourself personally in acknowledging another…
…Being part of a society means knowing how to be appropriate to a situation. Handwritten notes still have a personality, warmth and, when needed, gravitas that computer screens don’t. And questions of appropriateness aside, people still enjoy opening them. More than anything, that tells me they have lasting value. So, send a little joy someone’s way!”
If you are not typically the author of thank you notes, I will encourage you to step out of your norm and write one. A quick sentence on why you love the gift, maybe how you have already used it or are planning to use it. Tell them a bit about your celebration or upcoming plans. Most people really will appreciate it. Plus thank you notes tell more about the writer themself than what is actually in the note. They show grace, sophistication and class. These days, we could all use a bit more of those qualities.
-ciao for now-
ps. If you are waiting for a thank you note from me, I promise they are coming! 🙂