The art of a thank you note.

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Thank you…Pinterest for the inspiration.

Pressing Freya’s tiny fingertips on to the card, I ponder how many years it will be before she takes charge of her own thank you notes.

Will she moan about having to do them? Roll her eyes at me and ask: “Can’t I just email?” (or however people will be doing the bulk of their communication a decade from now).

Will there even be a postal service? That thought made me especially sad. Even though the only thing that lands on our doormat these days are bills or junk, Freya and I still listen out for the postie and race to the door to pick them up (I occasionally let her get there first).

As an unashamed lover of stationery it stands to reason that I adore getting letters – although it seems to be something of a dying art. Maybe I’m partly to blame? I’ve written two actual letters this year although I like to think I do my bit by sending thank you cards (from me and her).

I strongly believe if people take the time to send us gifts then I’m going to take the trouble to write to them and say thank you. It’s simple good manners in my book.

The added bonus is that we can make the cards ourselves so it’s a fun activity as well as (hopefully) being something nice for the people who receive them.

Do you think sending thank you notes is a dying art? What about post? Will it all go online in the not too distant future? 

*Sorry for mentioning the c-word in September.

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28 thoughts on “The art of a thank you note.

  1. Those thank you cards are a lovely idea. I might start doing them with BattleKid. I think thank you cards are much more personal than a text or online message, although I’m very guilty of doing a quick video to send via WhatsApp than to sending a card in the post. But I might start changing tact now I’ve seen this idea!

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    1. I stole the idea from Pinterest but we really enjoyed making them (after a good few attempts). I wonder if people, especially if they don’t see the munchkins that often, would prefer a video message these days though?

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  2. These are so pretty – I’ve seen them done before and keep meaning to do them with my class.

    I still send thank you notes, but I must admit it’s only really to older relatives and was the norm growing up. I do always wonder whether it’s then good etiquette to say thank you for the thank you (especially if you’ve handmade a card!). We’d be forever stuck in a rotation of politeness!!

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  3. I always intend to write thank-you notes, but it slips until “tomorrow” until weeks of tomorrows have passed and it suddenly seems awkward. I’m hoping to use D’s coming birthday as an opportunity to reset.

    (I love receiving thank-you notes. I should be sending them!)

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  4. Love these cards, I saw them on Le Coin de Mel at Xmas, so effective! I agree that thank you cards are magical, we’ve kept up the tradition so far for all three at birthdays and Xmas. They are always so appreciated 🙂

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    1. I’ve just had a browse of her site, it looks great. I’m going to have a proper read, thanks for pointing her out 🙂 Great news that you still manage the thank you cards, you give me hope 🙂

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  5. Love those birds – fantastic!
    I did thank you cards with F when she was little but then it died out when I had more children. The intention was there! It’s the thought that counts right? 😉

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  6. Thank you’s are great – I used to hate doing them as a child but I enjoy writing them now and I love to receive them too. I am lucky a few of my friends are traditional as is my mother so my desk at work is covered in random notes people have sent me and it always makes me smile. My cousins kids don’t seem to write thank you notes and it’s a big bug bear for me…I think teaching those things young makes them stick! I bet everyone will be thrilled to receive their notes from Freya! xxx

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  7. These are gorgeous! I love personal post – the coloured envelopes are the only mail I ever open immediately. I don’t know if you are UK based (or if it is UK only), but you might like the October Letters thing that Vicky Charles is doing (she’s on Twitter at @SingleMAhoy ). No good for me as an anonymous blogger but I think there’s something super sweet about it. x

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  8. As time goes on and letters diminish, I wonder if we will lose the ability to hand write altogether. We may even go back to X for our “wet” signature ( which is apparently a valid term now) and merely rely on an electronic form of signature, or in fact, fingerprint technology. Which leads me back to your post with the ever so cute little baby prints. I try to write letters but due to costs of postage I now (feeling guilty now admitting this), email them. However, thank you or celebratory cards are a different matter and I think a handmade card is especially nice. Great post, Tara

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  9. I love snail mail so I joined a post circle pen pal group. It means at least some of my post isn’t destined for the recycle bin 🙂 Those cards are wonderful, and I hope the art of the thank you doesn’t die out!

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