Saturday, January 8, 2011
That said, I am shocked by the number of gifts I gave over the holiday season that I did not receive a thank you for. Since we live so far from family, most of these gifts were not given in person so I would have expected a phone call, text, or even a Facebook message letting me know they got the gift and appreciated it. Like I said, I'm not picky and could care less about how you say thank you as long as you do. Most gifts I gave weren't extravagant but the point is that I thought of them, right? I didn't even get a thank you for some of the checks that were given although I know they got them because they were cashed.
Again, I'm not a stickler for etiquette but "Thank You" should be something that comes as second nature. Maybe I'm just a little sour because I gave a gift to a kid who shall remain nameless and did not receive a thank you. Instead, this kid asked me what else I got them. For the record, this is not the first time that this child did not receive a gift graciously. I'm not judging the child, nor the parent, and hope this is just a stage that this kid is going through but regardless it was very surprising to witness.
So, I now understand why some people got so mad when my Thank You cards were sent out so late. It's nice to know a gift you give is appreciated. I don't give a gift to hear a thank you but it is nice to know that the person received the gift when I wasn't able to give it in person. And, after witnessing what it feels like to be on the receiving end of an ungrateful kid, I know how important it is to teach Abby to appreciate what others do for her. So, we started that lesson as soon as we got home by writing Thank You cards to everyone who thought of us during the holidays. She even signed them in her own special way! My hope is that by starting early, saying thank you will become natural to her.
So, what is everyone else's take on Thank You cards? How do you let others know their gift was appreciated? How do you teach your children to show gratitude?