Today, I will mail off the last of the Thank You Notes from my shower a few weekends ago. People were (and continue to be) beyond generous to me & Baby Chapman. I don't mind writing thank you notes one bit, because I genuinely want to tell everyone how grateful I am for their gift and the role they have played in my life and will play in our baby's life. So, if you have gotten or will get one from me in the next few days, know that it is heartfelt and an honor to write.
I come from a thank you note family. I've been writing them since I was old enough to hold a pencil for every gift I've ever received. To this day, I will get an individual note from my mom, my dad, and my sister after Christmas, birthdays, etc. I can count on it. (We even have a few more distant relatives who have been known to get legitimately angry and "withhold gifts" if a thank you note is not received in a timely manner.) For the most part, I'm very thankful that my parents instilled this virtue in me early on in life. I think it is kind-of a dying art, and the Mulvaney clan is doing its part to keep it alive. I don't really know what this will look like in our little boy's life (it seems different with boys), but it is something I plan to keep up.
Plus, the cycle can be a little crazy if you aren't careful too. For example, do I send a thank you note to the couple who came to dinner and brought a hostess gift even though the gift itself was, in essence, a "thank you"? I know I certainly wouldn't expect someone to send me one if I was the guest with the gift. But, yet I find myself feeling obligated to do so sometimes... So many things to think about.
I'm curious what the etiquette is these days...
*All images are from Tiny Prints. (And, no, they didn't pay me for this post!)
P.S. Don't forget to enter my Lilly Pie giveaway here... And, if you win, you do NOT have to send me a thank you note! ;)