Just a few days ago many of us opened presents that were laid out under a tree or perhaps hanging in a stocking. So, here’s my question – when you were opening gifts did you show proper gratitude? Were you exuberant in your declarations or did you mumble a word of thanks, even as you were thinking – “I'm not sure what to do with this sweater? There is a reason why it’s easier to give a gift card than pick out a gift. Even if you have a list, you could come home with the wrong thing, and that doesn’t lead to much happiness on the part of the recipient!
Parents often require their children to say thank you for gifts received. Call Grandma, we tell them, and tell her how much you love that sweater she knitted for you. You know, the sweater you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing outside your bedroom. But whether you liked the gift or not you have to muster enough enthusiasm to thank the giver.
Saying thanks for gifts seem to be something of a lost art in recent years. Maybe that’s because we don’t send as many cards and letters as before. But gift givers do enjoy receiving a word of thanks – especially if they’ve gone to some trouble in picking out just the right gift. It could be an email or a Facebook message or even a text – but some word of thanks is greatly appreciated.