I'm not AGAINST them at all, but while my parents always made sure we gave proper thank yous, thank you notes were considered impersonal.
we gave hugs instead, or phone calls to those far away.
my grandparents always felt bad for those that would go on about their Thank you notes, they preferred the hugs or the songs that we would sing in return.
once when I was about 7, I saw a package on the porch with my name on it(spelled wrong, but figured it was me). it was in January. (right after the holidays)
when my mom got home, I asked her 'who is aunt so and so, and why is she sending me all these Thank you notes?'
I thought it was a odd gift, but still apreciated anything I got in the mail. it just seemed weird. that and I wondered why my mom and grandmother got so irritated by it.
Turned out that Aunt so and so sent them to get me to send her thank you notes.
I didn't know about the gifts because I didn't see them, she kept sending me engraved things with my name spelled wrong. very touchy subject with me.
She'd been told many times by my grandmother what the correct spelling was, and had written it down.
not saying that gifts shouldn't be appreciated, of course. but my mom and grandmother were trying to keep from upsetting me, which I understand.
I like getting thank you notes, but I don't think they should be a requirement.
maybe that's just me, as long as appreciation is passed along, that's ok by me.
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