January 3, 2013
Happy New Year! I'm experiencing the after holiday housework. For the last few weeks my house has been a haven for my friends, family and my kids friends. I consider house-guests a gift. It's the manipulating of the needs that makes it a little crazy not the late night Monopoly games or the Michael Jackson Wii Dance Off that runs continually with many teens try to get the "Billie Jean" choreography down. Maneuvering between arrival and departures was the tricky part. Cleaning up and restocking for my sisters family after my brother and his boys left took longer than expected and now as she gets set to journey home I've got to prepared for my annual girls weekend where I host about 10 women from the industry who are in town for the Passion Conference. Hosting this many women or should I say colleagues stresses and excites me at the same time. I want things to be perfect for everyone yet there are only some many hours in between everyone's coming and goings and only so much toilet paper one can stock at a time. I knew that Target gift card I got in my stocking would go to good use...
She buzz words
Right now she could be
Writing a thank you note
Having her kids write thank you notes
Burning a CD
Burning a candle
She could be a
Parking lot assistant
"When do the kids start back at school?"
Thank-you notes are an appropriate and necessary way to ac- knowledge a gift. With the exception of a wedding (etiquette for newlyweds is three months), all notes should be written as soon as possible. Now that it is the post-holiday season, she, along with her children, should sit and write a proper note and send it via snail mail. E-mail thank you's are not as personal as the gift that was given, and, unless it is a very casual situation, e-mail is not an appropriate way to thank someone. Handwrit- ten notes also tell a person that their gift arrived safely. Thank- you notes are a sign of respect. Young children who cannot write can send thank-you pictures. Older teens will benefit from doing this act, which may seem ancient to others. Those of an older generation expect this sign of consideration. She is smart to write these notes and to include her family. There are a lot of fun ways she can personalize these notes; perhaps a picture of the recipient and the gifts or just a sincere excla- mation as to why the gift was so perfect. For more tips on writing the perfect expression of gratitude, log onto www.emilypost.com.
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