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28 December 2007 @ 07:49 pm
Do you say thank you?  

Do you still send out thank-you notes?


For some reason I'm really dragging on thank-you notes this year. I've got a heap of Christmas presents, opened, sitting under the Christmas tree downstairs because I can't use them until I've written a gracious thank-you note and mailed it. I've done about half of them.

The way my mom raised me, it's not an option. Like bringing a hostess gift to a dinner party, it's an etiquette gesture that cannot be denied. But Sean doesn't write thank-you notes, and it seems like his family doesn't bother with them at all. Come to think of it, I think it's been a couple of years since I've actually received one. It makes me wonder - does anyone else bother with these anymore?
Atalanta Pendragonneatalantapendrag on December 29th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
If I'm talking to someone and can thank them in person/on the phone/in IM, I'll thank them directly. If I have their email, I'll send them a thank-you email. If I don't have an email address, I'll mail a written note. I was raised to be sure to thank people for gifts, but I've always thought thanking someone directly was more meaningful than a note.

Narratoraswirlymatrix on December 29th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't had to send thank you notes for presents because they were always handed to me. I thanked the person on the spot. But I sent thank you notes after every job interview I had recently, sent thank-yous to the people who got me the interviews, and gave Christmas-thank-you cards to everyone who helped me in some way at my current position.
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on December 29th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
i send thank you letters to my family in japan, but for my friends or family in the u.s. i don't. i usually call or email them instead. it's nicer to receive letters, but i'm horrible at writing them because email is so much quicker. but the family in japan doesn't have internet, so we have to either fax them or mail them letters.
当て字: -.-ateji on December 30th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
I've never been required to write thank-you notes, so I never got into the habit. *shame*
kerokerotab on December 30th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
Nope I never bothered with the thank you notes. Never crossed my mind. it's kinda sad
whimsicalbeauwhimsicalbeau on December 31st, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
As you noticed, we all just thank each other as re receive the gifts, so there has never been a need. - Saying "Thank you" in person is more personal after all. (Maybe.)

You can write them though - they are rather cute.