Last night I finished writing thank you notes for all of my Christmas presents. It seems writing thank you notes is a dying practice, but I don’t think that a text, Facebook wall post or tweet can convey gratitude the same way a handwritten note can.
I bought a book called the The Art of Thank You: Crafting Notes of Gratitude when I graduated from high school. Ten years later, the tips about when to send a thank you note and how to craft one still stick with me. For example, you must send a thank you note when you receive a gift and don’t open it in front of the giver (it’s still nice to send one if you open it in front of them).
The author also says that notes should always be written for any wedding gifts, but I can think of several wedding gifts that I’ve given over the past few years that weren’t acknowledged. What’s the deal? A thank you note is typically inexpensive and takes only a few moments to write, but why aren’t people writing them anymore?