One of the earliest important recollections I have of Christmas when I was a child , is learning at An early age, from my Father, the importance of saying ‘Thank you. ‘
As it still does for children the world over, Christmas morning started early ,as I used to awake to a weight on the bottom of my bed, and would rub the sleep from my eyes to see morel parcels on the floor by my bed, and one year….a dolls cot complete with cover and a quilt.
My mother, as soon as she might on Christmas morning became a martyr to the oven and the cooking of Christmas dinner, however my father would sit on my bed, bringing with him a pen and notepad. On the pad he would make a list of all my presents and who had sent them …ready to write my thank you letters.
The first early ones were rather short and straightforward…something on the lines of
Dear Auntie Betty and Uncle Ernie,
Thank you much for my present. I like it very much and hope you had a goodChristmas and that I will see you soon.
Lots of love from
Eventually they grew a bit…
Sadly , I do know of children, some now fully grown up, who had so many presents that that they had very little recollection of who they were from, and Christmas was such a whirl that they actually never got around to writing thank you letters. For several families, this absence of the art of letter writing has grown with the appearance of mobile phones and texting, and the internet and email. However, there’s nothing quite like a hand written note, particularly for the many for whom the only things that arrive in envelopes are bills and final demands.
It had been my original intention to place this on my personal blog as a commentary regarding the importance of writing thank you letters, with recollections of my father . My personal blog has been sadly neglected as a result of the necessity to concentrate on making money. However, as I researched the post I found that it’s applicable for a business blog, as thank you letters have became essential within the world of recruitment. it’s suggested that one writes a thank you letter after an interview. You may not get the job, however gestures just like thank you letters are remembered and build a good impression, possibly for future vacancies ..or it could even get you the job.
Here are some links to suggested formats for Interview Thank You letters…..
Susan Ireland’s site also has links to many other helpful resources such as ….
And very useful indeed if you have like many, been out of the workforce for some time perhaps on disability benefits but have been forced by welfare reform to look for and apply for jobs…..