Giving Thanks – After Thanksgiving

When I thought about a theme for this week’s blog, I couldn’t get past the whole pilgrims-Indians-eating-Thanksgiving vibe. It just seemed that no matter how I tried to twist it, my brain was still thinking about the holiday. Finally, it was during my second helping of pumpkin pie (the slices seemed to be a little skinny this year!) that it finally clicked. What topic ties Thanksgiving and Christmas together better than shopping? Thank-yous.

During Thanksgiving, we’re inspired to think about all we are grateful for and after we open our Christmas gifts, we are (or should be) encouraged to say thanks again. For many people, writing a little note or sending a thoughtful voice message is not a tough job. However, when it comes to thank-yous, people often stumble over the words.

To help us all out, here’s a few ideas to help you create a thank-you – and a few stories about the process. Hopefully, this will make it a little easier when you’re looking for the right words to say, whether you’re thanking someone for a new sweater or that ubiquitous fruitcake!

365 Ways to Give Thanks: One for Every Day of the Year by Brenda Shoshanna

Emily Post’s Etiquette by Emily Post

Emily Post’s the Guide to Good Manners for Kids by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning

Get Real Greetings: Creating Cards for your Sassiest Sentiments edited by Jessica Strawser

Personal Notes: How to Write from the Heart for any Occasion by Sandra E. Lamb

Say It with Style: Perfect Quotes for Every Card-Making Occasion edited by Tanya Fox

Sweet Gratitude: Bake a Thank-You for the Really Important People in Your Life by Judith Sutton

The Thank-You Book: Hundreds of Clever, Meaningful, and Purposeful Ways to Say Thank You by Robyn Freedman, Spizman

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes by Peggy Elizabeth Gifford

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