If I was taught anything in my childhood it was to write a short letter of thanks after receiving a present, whether for my birthday or for Christmas.
I have continued this habit throughout my life and I always try – not that I always succeed! – to complete my thank you letters by the 31st December.
What could be nicer than to receive a short note of thanks when you have sent someone a present? Such a note needn’t be long and, instead of plain writing paper, I prefer to use note cards or correspondence cards for this task.
I have loved note cards since I was a child. Indeed, if you look at the photo above, showing a corner of our study (husband and I share the work bench which is across one wall and houses both our computers) you might notice four small pictures on the wall. I’m afraid I don’t have a close-up of these, but they are the four remaining cards from a set I received for my 12th birtrhday. They are of Japanese Ladies and each card represents each of the four seasons. I loved these cards so much that I kept four of them and some years ago had them framed. They are a constant reminder not only of receiving them on my 12th birthday but also of my enjoyment in letter writing, for it was never a hardship for me to sit down and write my thank you letters as it was for some children.
At the moment I have one box of note cards; one box of attractive postcards; and one box of personalized correspondence cards.
Correspondence cards usually bear the writer’s name and sometimes his or her address, and they are a fraction larger than a postcard and are sent within an envelope and not, as with a postcard with simply the name and address of the recipient on the reverse.
Above are my correspondence cards. I like these not only for their design but because – especially if like me you have quite large handwriting – there is space for just a brief note, i.e. your words of thanks and your signature. Indeed, I have occasionally had such cards printed for friends and given them as presents.
I was very fortunate a few years ago to be sent this lovely box of postcards with envelopes (above) as a gift from Farrow & Ball, the paint and paper manufacturers. At the time they represented some of their wallpaper designs. I think they are ideal for thank you notes.
My third box of cards are actual note cards, i.e. they open as a blank greetings card but, again, not too large so that you don’t feel you have to fill every inch of space with writing.
The most important thing to remember, I think, is that people like to be thanked, and to receive a personally-written note, whether as a letter, or on a postcard, a note card or a correspondence card, really does lift the spirit of the giver of that present.
I expect I am teaching granny to suck eggs here; I feel sure that all of you who read my blog are of a like mind in this respect and are possibly thank you card senders already! However, if you have yet to write your Christmas thank you letters, please don’t delay a moment longer. Choose some pretty cards, use your favourite pen, seek out your address book and stamps and take pleasure in putting pen to paper. Indeed, onto your shopping list perhaps include a new stock of note cards – you might find some in the January Sales!