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Remember Those Thank You’s

Christmas Day is over. Presents are opened and judged.

Clean up may or may not be started.

Most of us adults are feeling like this gal (including my gal who spent yesterday running around like a crazy dog).


Many of us are feeling like this:

Finish off those plates of Christmas candies and fattening leftovers while you can. Next week brings the most useless of all word combinations: “New Year’s Resolutions.” Resolution Numero Uno being “I will lose weight.”

Yeah, right. Good luck with that.

Before next week gets here, I have a suggestion.


Thank you’s.

Yes, I am of the old-fashioned mindset that Thank You cards are appropriate after receiving a gift. With the understanding that most of the populace has no idea how to write a Thank You card (judging by the number of them I don’t receive), here’s your primer.

1) Begin by saying “thank you.”

2) Continue by stating what you received and how you intend to use/enjoy it. This is especially important if you received a generic gift like money or a gift card. Grandparents may not understand what “Xbox” means, but they’ll brag to their friends that they helped you get one.

3) Finish by repeating “thank you” in whatever flowery phrase you can conjure.

That’s it. It is that simple. The hard part is doing it because doing it takes time away from whatever thing it is you’re enjoying because of someone else’s generosity.

The year’s almost over. Take the plunge, take 10 or 15 minutes, and sit down and write some Thank You cards. Parents, write ’em with your children. Being grateful is a valuable life skill, and recording gratitude in tangible form is worth the time.

Speaking of which, if you’ll excuse me, I want to get mine finished so I can mail them tomorrow.

A big “Thank You” to all the wonderful readers and authors of NAF. You’ve enriched my life so greatly this year with your encouraging comments, your faithful prayers and your continuous support. Without you, I’m writing to myself. I can do that in a journal. You are much appreciated. May God bless and keep you and yours throughout the next year.



About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

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