One of the most important thing to teach little people (anyone under 18) is to thank people.
One year when my nephew was 14, I
Over the years, our other set of nieces and nephew never took the time to thank us when we sent them gifts in the mail. We don't know if they received it or not, we are assuming they did. As a result, for the past two years, no presents were sent to them. I know it is spiteful, but why give gifts when there is no appreciation?
Our nephew and niece (his sister) has heeded to my word of wisdom very well. Every little thing we do they make sure they call and thank us for the gifts.
Letters are important, it makes people feel appreciative. I write thank-you notes when someone has done something nice for us. Whether it be the family who gave me three sack full of used baby clothes for our God son Brandon, the lady who heeded to my plea for a metal bed frame, or the gift card that hubby's aunt amd uncle gave us for a housewarming present. It's worth the .39 cents of stamp and a few minutes of my time.
I know I am no angel, but I do try. Hubby on the other hand does not try, he just can't. He has this thing call ADHD, so he's partially forgiven. So I do most of the writing and thanking, and he signs the card.
In this season of giving and receiving, remember the gifts you have received, and if it came in the mail, do take the time to reach out to the person as an acknowledgement that you received the special gift.
Quilt & Bitch