I have to admit - I'm LATE in sending out thank you notes for my Christmas gifts! I've made my list, selected my cards, but have yet to sit down and write them. I hope I'm not the only one to be late on this! My mother taught me from a very early age to send a thank you note for every occasion that warrants one. An old fashioned thank you note is a lovely gesture, albeit a fading tradition in the digital age. It certainly beats the more frequently used 'Thx' text message. Receiving a note or invitation in the mail always makes me a little giddy - what could be in this envelope?
A wonderful surprise to receive in the mail - a thank you note from my friend Jenny's son. This special note has been displayed on my refrigerator since October.
I purchased Crane's Blue Book of Stationery this year to use as a fun and traditional guide to influence my correspondence. Inside, you'll find etiquette advice on all manner of stationery from the types you should have in your 'wardrobe' to the proper way to address a Governor. Not sure what to include on an invitation? This book has the answer.
According to Crane, a thank you note, "is brief and generally consists of four parts: 1. The greeting 2. An appreciation of the item or favor 3. Mention how useful it will be 4. Sign off with a suggestion of a future meeting."
I'll share more wisdom from this book as well as its information on the history of stationery in a future post, but for now, I've got to start writing!