The best Thanksgiving gift

Ms.MannersDear Readers,

Why not send someone a thank you note this Thanksgiving?  In the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend, what better way to reflect and show gratitude than by taking time to hand-write a note to people who make our lives better?

Tell someone how they have influenced your life, how much you love them, and things about them that make you want to laugh – or cry. A thank you note is a wonderful present when it’s warm and heartfelt. Write that thank you note right away, the sooner the better. But if time slips away, better late than never is the rule.

Naturally, you need to write a note anytime you receive a gift, even if you opened it in front of the gift-giver. You should send a thank you note for wedding, bridal or baby shower presents, when you’ve stayed over-night in someone’s home, after attending a dinner party, and, of course, as a follow-up to a job interview.

The best thank you notes are hand-written on wonderful stationery, convey genuine appreciation, and include a description of how good you felt when someone was particularly kind or when you received a gift. You could say how you’ll think of the gift-giver each time you see the gift; thank the hosts of a dinner party by describing how much you enjoyed a particular dish or how interesting you found the conversation.

William A. Ward said, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”

With gratitude,
Ms. Corporate Manners

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