Writing holiday thank you notesAre you are still procrastinating about getting your holiday thank you notes sent out?  Here are a few tips that can help ease the process:

Keep your note short and simple. Follow the four sentence rule:

  1. First Sentence – Says thank you for the gift.
  2. Second Sentence – Says something about the gift.
  3. Third Sentence – Says something unrelated to the gift.
  4. Fourth Sentence – Says something about the gift.

Write clearly and carefully in your very best penmanship.

Always include a salutation: "Dear Mark."  It is the same as saying hello.

For a closing, write "Sincerely," "Best regards," "With love," etc, depending on how well you know the person.

Write the date at the bottom of the note in the left-hand corner.

Proofread your note thoroughly before sending.

When addressing the envelope, always use Mr. or Ms., never just a first and last name.

Try to send out a thank-you note within 24 hours of receiving a gift.   If you have let some time pass and still have not sent out a thank you note, you should still send it out.

Thank-you notes are not an out-dated gesture. They are still in practice, easy to write, and very much appreciated by the recipient.

If you still have not sent out your thank you notes for gifts you received last year, time is ticking. Get those thank you notes sent out ASAP!

 

Do you say thank you when someone does something nice for you? Do you also put it in writing?Thank You Note Card

Thank-you notes are not an out-dated gesture. They are still in practice, easy to write, and very much appreciated by the recipient.

A typical thank-you note consists of four sentences:
• First Sentence – Says thank you for the gift
• Second Sentence – Says something about the gift
• Third Sentence – Says something unrelated to the gift
• Fourth Sentence – Says something about the gift

It might read like this:

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Dear Aunt Julie,

Thank you for the warm sweater you sent to me. The fact that you made it yourself makes it even more special. It’s currently -19° here in Juneau and will be even colder by New Year’s Eve. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, as well as your talent for knitting!

Love,

Katie

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See how easy that is?

Thank-you notes are typically written on fold-over notes or correspondence cards (you can see examples here). Each of these pieces of stationery is meant to carry short messages, so a quick four-sentence thank you fits perfectly.

Fold-over notes usually have messages written on the third page, while correspondence cards carry their messages on the front side. It is not appropriate to write on the back of a card (or sheet).

Are you an avid thank-you note writer? Are you teaching your children this art of appreciation? Share your views with us.