Be Aware Of Timing
Whether it’s getting back to work or the children back to school, it’s not always easy to make the time to sit down and write your thank you letters. If you’re fastidious about doing things properly, it’s a good rule of thumb to write within a fortnight. But, if you suddenly find it’s late Jan fret not it’s better you write and just acknowledge your lateness than not at all.
Set Good Habits For The Whole Family
The rules might be more relaxed now than they were for your parents, but good manners count even if it’s up to you to make it happen. Whether it’s your other half who needs a nudge or children that need strapping to a table, pinpoint the time when everyone is going to sit down and get it done. (Make it creative and fun for little ones by letting them use your best pens and paper too.)
Write Them For Young Children
Until children are old enough to write independently, writing on their behalf is fine. But if they can’t, make sure you do. And if they can at least sign their or name (or a scribble) so much the better. The ideal scenario? To make a pact with co-godparents to leave letters until they’re older.
Size Isn't Everything
If carving out thirty minutes to write a dozen thank you notes is all you can muster that’s just fine. No one needs a dissertation and a quick thank you, anecdote about how you’ll use the gift and best wishes for a happy new year, will ensure you’re not struck off the present list next year. ,
And, Finally…Remember Something Is Better Than Nothing
If you’re going to dot the ‘I’s and cross the ‘t’s, a handwritten letter is always the way to go. But if you know your weaknesses and that it’s just not going to happen, then an email or a good old phone call won’t go amiss.
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