Thursday, December 27, 2012

After Christmas Thank You Notes

The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious - Martin Luther

Natalia and Alexia wrote their thank you notes today.

After the hustle and bustle of wrapping, giving, and unwrapping has passed, we took some time to write notes of thanks to the thoughtful people who gave gifts to us this holiday season.  It's always important to thank people for their kindness whether it was a gift or the gift of their hospitality.  A hostess will surely invite you to next year's festivities after she receives a sweet note from you after the party!

Even the smallest child can draw a simple picture as a thank you note or write a few words and sign his or her name.  My girls have been writing their thank you notes for quite a few years now on their own.  The rule in our house is that they don't get to play with the toy or spend the gift money until the thank you note has been written.

Is it difficult for your child to get started with thank you notes?  Here is a set of sample thank you notes that might help with this task during the holiday break.  Sometimes it might be difficult to write a thank you note for gift cards or cash gifts because you may not be able to describe the gift well.  I always tell the minnies to think about the specific item that they would like to purchase with the gift and then write the thank you note.  I tend to not include the specific dollar amount of gift cards and cash gifts.

For Gift Cards and Cash: 

Dear Aunt Mary,

Thank you for the Barnes and Noble gift card.  I received a Nook this Christmas and have a long list of books that I would love to download and read.  A Wrinkle In Time is the first book on my list to read; I'll be sure to let you know what I think of the book the next time I see you.

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.  Thanks again for your thoughtfulness!



For Cash Gifts:

Dear Aunt Mary,

Thank you for your lovely Christmas card and generous gift.  I am going to get a pair of sparkly silver Sperry loafers that I saw earlier this season at Nordstrom because of your kindness.  Once I wear them, I'll post a picture for you so that you can see what they are like.

It was wonderful to see you at Christmas this year.  Wishing you a joyful New Year!



Thank you notes can be folded or flat cards of any size.  When the girls were younger, large sized paper was ideal for their big handwriting.  Now that they are older, smaller note cards are appropriate.  We picked up these adorable notes at Target and Kate Spade.

Are you and your children writing thank you notes this week?  Do you have any tips to share with Maryland Pink and Green readers to make the task easy and fun for children?


1 comment:

  1. My daughter and I shall be doing the same. We ALWAYS have a large variety of pens to make our notes bright and cheerful! I think this will be my activity today!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled



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