Thank-you Notes Matter

For all of you still fretting over whether you sent Christmas cards to all those deserving, turn the calendar page.

Have you mailed thank-you notes yet?

I mean handwritten, blather-free notes. Forget the online templates. No form-letter cheating.

That means personal. What did they give you?

2. How are you using the present? Even if was a gift card, tell how you spent some of it.

3. Why does the gift matter? (Translated, the sentence tells why the giver matters.)

Years ago, I began telling students during elementary school visits how good writing matters.

“Send a thank-you note now,” I’d urge. “Get a better present later!”

How stellar was such advice?

I learned from a friend recently that their elderly relative drafted her will based on which relatives had sent her written thanks in previous years!

It’s true. The world is keeping score. Thank the giver now. Thank me later.


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