Song of the Day 01/06/2010

January 6, 2010 at 7:30 am (Free, free song, mp3, music, qotd, song, song of the day, sotd) (, , , , , , , , )

On this day in 1695 – Composer Giuseppe Sammartini was born.

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Question of the Day:

Do you write thank you notes when you receive gifts?

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25 Comments

  1. Nicole said,

    I’ve always been a great thank you note writer. After HS and college graduation I had them done the following morning and the same with our wedding and baby showers. I love to write thank you notes. Though, I don’t do it for everything – just those special occasions I listed above.

  2. nattya61 said,

    For the wedding/shower, yes. Back then I was still in the mindset of trying to follow how things are “supposed” to be. For the baby/shower, I sent a few and then realized, to heck with this and just called to thank most people. It’s not that I mind the idea of a thank you card, but to me, they are almost too formal and impersonal for family and friends. My peeps appreciate a phone call more I think.

  3. amber said,

    Natalie! i gotcha on the “Back then I was still in the mindset of trying to follow how things are “supposed” to be…” I’ve tried to let go of some of those rules too!
    Yes, i sent TY cards for wedding and graduation gifts, but i really don’t like thank you notes. they DO seem formal and impersonal to me. Phone calls, or even texts/emails are just as good i think.
    That said, i really DO intend to make some room spray for both of my neighbors to say thank you, and I’ve been meaning to give a bottle to my acupuncturist as a big TY as well. So, apparently i’d rather make a gift to say TY than write it in a card. I have terrible handwriting anyway!

    • nattya61 said,

      Me too! I think if I wrote a thank you card no one would be able to read it as my handwriting just seems to get worse the older I get (and the more I get used to typing all the time).

    • Shannon said,

      Amber, I am shocked – shocked, I say! – to learn that you are non-traditional! What is this crazy talk?!?

      • amber said,

        PLLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTTTT! :p

  4. Emily said,

    I stink at thank you notes. A lot. I always have good intentions…

  5. Shannon said,

    I’m not married or a parent so I’ve never had a wedding/baby shower, or gotten gifts for that kind of thing, so I haven’t sent out thank you cards. I don’t think I sent them out with graduation either, but everyone who gave me a graduation gift gave it to me in person. So I’m pretty sure I just said “thank you” right there instead of sending cards.

  6. Bridget said,

    I think thank you notes are important. I don’t think they’re stuffy or old fashioned. I think they’re an opportunity to show gratefulness to someone who has thought of you and sent you a gift. Since when is taking a few minutes to write a note and stick a stamp too much effort?

    • adamthepugh said,

      The art of the note is being lost by us going from analog anything – to all digital everything communication.

    • Nicole said,

      I completely agree with this!

  7. Cathy said,

    My mother would smack me from here to Tuesday if I neglected to send thank-you notes. Actually not, my mother is a gentle woman and would probably just give me a very strongly-worded talking to about the situation.

    But I do think thank-you notes are very important. I sent them not only for graduation and wedding gifts, but also usually for Christmas gifts as well. On Christmas gifts I give myself a pass for gifts from immediate family, but my grandparents and my in-laws get thank-yous. And I know for a fact that it makes my grandmother’s day to receive a thank-you note from one of her grandkids. That in itself is worth the 5 minutes it takes to write one.

    I for one think thank you notes are a tradition that should NOT fall by the wayside. Also I’m kind of ticked b/c I’m STILL waiting on a thank you from my cousin for the wedding gift I sent in August. 🙂

  8. Bridget said,

    Also, I continually get irritated when I sent a wedding gift and then never hear a word. Not only am I irritated over their ungratefulness, I am also irritated because I don’t know if they got it or not!

    When I get a thank you note for a wedding or baby gift in a timely fashion, that person goes up several notches on my radar. It seriously affects my perception of people at times. i.e.–I got a thank you note from Jennifer for a baby gift within 2 weeks of giving it to her. She moved up several spaces on the “conscientious” radar.

  9. Cathy said,

    I agree with Adam that note-writing is an art that is being lost. My cousin had a baby shower a couple years ago (that was actually fraught with rudeness and etiquette no-nos but that’s another story). For her thank you notes she took a picture of all the gifts piled up together, photocopied it along with a generic “thanks for all the stuff” paragraph onto 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, and then signed her name on the bottom. I didn’t know whether to be glad that my gift had been acknowledged, or insulted that it was an impersonal form letter.

    But maybe I’m just a fuddy duddy.

    • nattya61 said,

      Yes, I agree form letters are rude, but I also think forms of communication have changed so much and that many ideas of etiquette are arbitrary anyway (prime example: wedding “etiquiette” http://www.ourmarriage.com/html/wedding_etiquette.html). I would much rather receive a sincere thank you in person or a homemade gift (awesome idea, Amber!) as a thank you anyday over a store bought “thanks for the stuff.”

    • Nicole said,

      No, I’m pretty sure that’s just tacky!

    • amber said,

      oh my goodness, that is HORRIBLE!
      the thing i don’t like about thank yous for mass gift occasions are so form letter feeling. “Gee, thank you for the “blue baby blanket and the i love daddy bib. I know it will get lots of use, etc…”. When writing them for a major gift occasion, it gets REALLY hard to make each one sound personal and unique, and most of them that i receive are the same way.
      I guess I don’t usually notice whether I get a TY card after shower gifts, but I would rather have NOT GOTTEN ONE than to have gotten the photocopy you described. Unless she was trying to be funny or something, that is pretty rude, I agree!

  10. adamthepugh said,

    This is a neat article:

    Lost art of letter writing

    • Cathy said,

      Awesome article! Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say that a fountain pen and wax seals are required. 🙂

    • amber said,

      makes me want to buy stationary!

    • Matt said,

      Wow man. I was about to post that link when I finished reading the discussion . . . you would beat me to it.

  11. Kel/y_H said,

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write thank you notes for anything, and I often struggle with an e-note (like “Thanks for interviewing me today”) or good ol fashioned card. That said, I do have a package of thank you notes for when I need them.

  12. Marlo Miller said,

    Thumbs down on the form letters. Thumbs up on Thank You’s, face it they are just way more classy. My neice just sent one to my husband today for helping put on their new roof. That is is sweet and thoughtful. I try to remember to send them, have dropped the ball on a few. Stay Classy Everyone!

  13. Cbrice said,

    Absolutely yes for weddings and babies. I used to be a vigilant thank you note writer for Christmas and Birthdays until the business of life hit me full force. But I do have a beautiful collection of sationery left over from those good old days, so sometimes I find a spare moment to dig into my pretty stash and send a thank you.

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