Today’s the day to show your gratitude

Published: Monday 26th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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The history of the thank you note dates back to ancient times. Egyptian and Chinese societies would write friendly letters of good luck and thanks to those they cared about on papyrus papers.

Fast forward to the mid to late 1800s, and we see a huge rise in the sending of greetings cards. This was due to the introduction of the penny post in 1840. It made it a lot more affordable for ordinary folk to send their greetings across the country to family and friends.

Christmas is the perfect time to say thank you, and with today being Boxing Day, you may have a lot to be grateful for. Whether it’s for that lovely gift you received or for the wonderful time you spent with your family, we could all do with showing our appreciation.

Here are some ways in which you could say “thank you” this Christmas.

Handwrite a traditional note

It may be a little old-fashioned to send a handwritten note nowadays, but it definitely shows the receiver that you care. Taking the time out of your day to write a thank you card will demonstrate just how much you enjoyed their gift.

Invest in some nice quality paper from your local stationery shop, grab a pen and simply write what you are grateful to them for. It could be thanking a relative for travelling a long way to see you during the festive period. Or even your mum for cooking such a delicious turkey dinner.

Make something unique

Everyone loves a homemade touch, so why not create your own note cards? You don’t have to be an expert crafter to make something special and personalised. Keep it simple with a basic design, or go crazy with glitter and sequins. It’s entirely up to you.

Inspiration is always a great way to start, so check out online platforms such as Pinterest or YouTube.

Go digital

The popularity of social media and technology has risen in recent years, leading to the decline of the physical thank you note.

It may be tempting to send a quick WhatsApp or Facebook message thanking someone for their gift, especially if you’re feeling a little sore after celebrating. However, you can still add a meaningful touch to an instant message.

Attach a cheeky photo or video of you enjoying their gift, or a snap from the time you spent together. There are plenty of free apps out there that allow you to overlay a message onto an image, so get inventive with it.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, use sites like to send a personalised digital thank you note.

Make a gesture

Finally, you could always scrap the thank you note altogether and make a grand gesture to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it could be as simple as making them breakfast in bed, or baking their favourite cake.

Whatever you do, just make sure it’s filled with Christmas spirit!

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Published: Monday 26th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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