Friday, December 30, 2011

Thank You Note Etiquette (or Lack Thereof)

I torture my kids by making them write thank you notes for the gifts they receive for their birthdays and Christmas. It's great fun.

Not. If I'm going to be perfectly honest, it's like pulling teeth. Without anesthesia.

What has been fun though is to see their thank you notes evolve from very simple "Thank you for the blah, blah," into more elaborate notes that do not always stick to proper etiquette. 

This thank you note to The Barefoot Contessa from Stinkerbell is my case in point. In case you find it difficult to read, I shall recount it for you.

Dear Grandma Louie-Ann,

This year you got me and Zoe millions of toys and clothes. Since you got me 1,000 dollars in my collage account and all that stuff you got me for Christmas I think you're RICH! But mom says you just spend your money wisely. But that is true. Thank you for the Puzzle Roll, Clothes (my favorite is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid shirt!), Pony Care Set, MORE clothes, Jasmine, Black Sparkly Sweater, and the Biffy Puzzle. They're great!


This thank you note makes me laugh. I have questions though. Is a collage account a place to store cut out pictures until you're in the mood to paste them onto a piece of poster board? And do you get the feeling that the Stink is alarmed by the amount of clothes she got for Christmas?


  1. Mine react the same way to writing thank yous. I usually have to say that it's write the note, or send the gift back. My oldest is off to college next year, & I worry that she'll never write another thank you.

  2. LOL! That is too cute, Jill! I have to remind my kids to write thank you notes to this day and they are 21 and 24.

    The "collage" account is a great idea; I say that because I started one for my granddaughter last year and I put $50.00 in for her birthday and two Christmases now {she's 17 months old}. Let the other grandma be the one who buys "MORE clothes". I get a few gifts and put money away.

  3. hahahahahahaha!!!! That reminds me of Pollyanna :) I make my kids to thank you notes too. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before similar stuff begins flowing from their pens ;)

  4. PS...isn't a collage account just another name for Pinterest? :)

  5. bwahahahahaaa... I <3 Stinkerbell. I think she might be my mini-me ;)