How are all of you doing this wonderful day that the Lord has made? Are you enjoying the Christmas left-overs still? Have you cleaned up the gift wrapping supplies? Have you found time to put away Christmas gifts and find them homes?
Today I spent the whole day thoroughly cleaning my house. It was a public holiday in South Africa. Under normal circumstances the 25th of December and the 26th of December are public holidays but our wonderful nation decided to make the 27th a public holiday this year too because Christmas day fell on a Sunday. It has been such a blessing to get a 4-day weekend. Not only that, my boss has told all of us that we only need to be at work for 2 hours a day on the 28th to the 30th of December. So I'll be working from 8am to 10am each day and after that I am free to spend the day however I want.
Other than cleaning house today, I have been doing some research on etiquette. Today I was reading up about Visiting Cards (aka Calling Cards). I typed out a long post about them, and then I realised something else, so I put that post in a folder for another day to rather talk about thank you cards and letters.
When was the last time you wrote “Thank You” cards or letters for any Christmas gifts you received? I haven’t done this for a long time. I usually write one to my elderly aunt, but there are not many other people who I give the traditional Thank You card.
Why don’t many people do this anymore? In some way’s it may be because they feel that it is no longer expected, but I think it is laziness more than anything else.
I have a challenge for you. Write Thank You cards for every gift you received this year… including the one you received from your spouse. For an added touch, perhaps send the thank you cards through the local postal service. Wouldn’t you appreciate a thank you card in your post box rather than a hand-delivered one?
If you want the bonus challenge, get your children to write thank you note’s for their gifts too, and if you are a family that does the “Santa” thing, encourage your children to write a thank you note to Santa too. It is a sign of great breeding (in my opinion), to send thank you notes.
May God bless each of you!